Our Equestrian Centre


Abbotsholme is extremely proud of its BHS-approved Equestrian Centre, which is located centrally on school site and next to the school farm. The equestrian centre team work closely alongside the school farm team to make the best use of the school’s estate facilities and provide the best all-round Estate Education for our students.


We have a range of horses available for lessons and, from aged 4+ years, we can cater for a range of abilities. These include complete beginners, those who wish to ride purely for pleasure, as well as the more serious competitor.  Lessons can be factored into a student’s timetables during the school day.  We also run lessons, various clinics and pony days for external clients and pupils at weekends and during the school holidays.


We have a 50m x 30m all-weather arena which enables horse riding tuition to continue in all but the most inclement weather.  During the summer months we make the most of our school estate by setting up our full set of dressage white boards/letters, a course of show jumps in the fields.


We are a small yard of 12 stables and offer a limited number full or working livery option to students who wish to bring their own horse to school.  Contact equestrian@abbotsholme.co.uk for more information on livery.


Through the prep school and years 7 to 9 carousel afternoons all students have the chance to try their hand at riding and learn to take responsibility for the care of horses.

From age 13, we offer BHS training from levels 1 to 3, including teaching. 

During years 10 &11 students have the option of taking a BHSQ Diploma Level 2 in Horse Care and Riding. This is a work related qualification to give students the basic knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment or further education within the horse industry.  They will learn about the daily care of horses including feeding and watering, handling and horse behaviour.  Pupils are expected to play a full part in the daily running of the Equestrian Centre.

During years 12 & 13 students have the option of taking a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate as an equivalent to 1 A-level.  This is a work related qualification to give students an in depth knowledge and understanding of horse care and management.  They will develop their practical skills on the yard as well as their theoretical knowledge.

As with the rest of school, our class sizes are small so students have the opportunity to learn at their own pace.  Some 6th form students have the option to help out with younger student’s sessions.  Help is always at hand by any member of the equestrian team.


At Abbotsholme School, we have our own Equestrian team, that is formed by students that have their own horses. The team competes in dressage, show jumping and arena eventing. Pupils from all age groups are able to join the team if they wish to do so. 

Pupils have access to regular training in all three disciplines. 


Lesson type Price
45 min Private (school horse) £35
45 min Private (own horse) £30
45 min Shared (school horse) £30
45 min Shared (own horse) £25
45 min Group (school horse) £25
45 min Group (own horse) £20
45 min Stable Management Session £15
Schooling by Senior Staff £35


PRICE LIST for activity days

Lesson type Price
School horse (10am - 4pm) £50
Own horse (10am - 4pm) £40



All cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance unless due to unforseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions. Anyone deemed to have not turned up or given extremely late notice for cancelling a booking will be charged at the full price.


Mon- Fri (Term time)

School Reception - 01889 590217

Weekends and school holidays

Equestrian Centre - 01889 594277

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