English Riding Lessons

English Riding Lessons are available for all ages and all standards.

We teach children from four years of age upwards starting on Kindergartens and Pony Rides and progressing  to The Pony Club at Burley-Villa part of the British Pony Club.

We also teach adults who want to learn to ride from scratch or who haven’t ridden for years and we teach seasoned riders dressage and jumping.

Riding Lessons in Traditional English Saddle

English Riding Lessons are available every day except a  Monday (incl weekends) with late lessons after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We have two arenas for instruction, an Indoor Arena 60 metres by 20 metres and an All Weather Outdoor Arena which is 48 metres by 25 metres. You don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money getting kitted up to start riding. We have Riding Hats and Boots you can  borrow if you don’t have your own and you are fine starting off wearing at least a T-shirt (shoulders must be covered) , long trousers or jeans with sturdy boots or shoes with a small heel. Don’t wear trainers or flat shoes. If a rider gets the riding bug, then that would be the time to start buying their own hat, jodhpurs, grooming kit and, eventually a horse!


We normally start children from four years old riding on 30 min beginner group lessons … a fun pony ride to build confidence and a get a few basics of riding and balance on a pony which costs £20 at weekend and £18 midweek.

Once they have balance and can trot they move onto  30 min private lessons  where they can improve their position and technique, moving onto rising trot and canter.  The Instructor is able to put them on a lunge rein to help improve position, develop an independent seat and hands. These lessons cost  £33 at weekends and £30 midweek.

To help reduce the cost of a series of lessons, you can buy a 6 for the price of 5 Ride Card, where you can book lessons as often as suits you. For instance, a Ride Card reduces a midweek Beginner Group from £18 to £15 and a Private Lesson by £5 to £25

The Instructor will advise you on how to proceed, whether more private lessons are needed or when they can move straight to The Pony Club at Burley-Villa, if they are old enough, and have control and balance at trot.

The Pony Club at Burley-Villa

Burley-Villa is an approved Pony Club Centre. This means that we can offer all the activities, badges, rallies, camps and riding tests which are currently only available to children with their own ponies. We have regular Saturday Lessons and Pony Care sessions, plus special events such as our Easter Rally with best turnout, team jumping and Easter Egg hunt.  To find out more visit our Pony Club page here



We have lessons for all standards of rider from beginners to basic showjumping and dressage. We welcome many ‘older’ beginner riders and ‘returnees’ who may have ridden as children and wish to start riding again later in life. Most adults prefer private lessons or lessons with a friend and, as with the children’s lessons, all are available as Ride Cards of 6 for the price of 5 to help with cost.

Private ‘one to one’ lessons cost £33 for 30 mins and £43 for 45 mins at a weekend and £30 and £40 midweek.

Shared lessons, ie two or three friends with one Instructor,  cost £25 each for 30 mins and £35 each for 45 mins at weekends. Weekdays they are £22 and £32.

If there are four or more of you wanting a lesson, or if you are happy to join other riders of a similar ability, then a 1 hour Group Lesson is £35 per rider. We would always assess clients on a private lesson before riding in a group to ensure they will be competent and safe at the level of the group.


For families, including children over four years old, we offer Family Group English Riding Lessons for a minimum of four riders. This can be for beginners or more experienced riders, with the basic pace of the lesson set at that of the least experienced rider.  They cost £25 per ride each for 45 mins and £30 each for 1 hour.

Guidelines – English Riding Lessons are suitable for riders four years old and over. Maximum weight is 14st/90kg. Beginners are welcome. Riding is not suitable during pregnancy and may not be suitable for some other medical conditions and disabilites. If in doubt please check with the stables before booking. We are closed Mondays ( except Bank Holidays) and over the Christmas and New Year period.


LESSONWeekend Price6 for 5 Weekend PriceWeekday price6 for 5 Weekday Price
30 min Private
45 min Private
1 hr Private
£165 (£27.50 / lesson)
£215 (£35.83 / lesson)
£265 (£44.16 / lesson)
£150 (£25 / lesson)
£200 (£33.33 / lesson)
£250 (£41.66 / lesson)
30 min Shared
45 min Shared
1hr Shared
£125 (£20.83/ lesson)
£175 (£29.16 / lesson)
£225 (£37.50 / lesson)
£110 (£18.33 / lesson)
£160 (£26.66 / lesson)
£210 (£35 / lesson)
30 min Beginner£20£100 (£16.66 / lesson)£18£90 (£15 / lesson)
1 hour Group£35£175 (£29.16 / lesson)£32£160 (£26.66 / lesson)
(Offer currently available until 30th June 2015)