Riding lessons are becoming more popular with children of all ages enjoying joining in the activities offered at good centres who also offer pony riding lessons. Here we take a look at some of the best places in the Birmingham area that offer reasonably priced pony riding lessons along with excellent facilities.
Brookhouse Farm Riding School
Located on the outskirts of Birmingham in Solihull Brookhouse Farm is a family run business that has over forty horses and ponies, twenty four stables and two all-weather arenas that are floodlit. The school offers riding lessons for children ages six and over, while also catering for adults and riders who own their own horses and ponies.
Brookhouse Farm also runs a superb Equine College, while events and facilities at Brookhouse include gymkhanas, dressage competitions, Jumping competitions and adult weekends. Further events and facilities include
Children's Riding/Birthday Parties
Kid's birthday parties and riding parties normally run on Sundays although it may be possible to book one of these parties during school holidays too. Children will enjoy riding, along with gymkhana games, while all party goers will also receive a rosette as a memento of their visit. Party food can be provided if required plus hats and riding boots are provided and all at the price of £16.00 per head.
Brookhouse Farm hacks are escorted hacks that take place off road plus there is a dedicated hacking track provided for riders to enjoy. Prior to joining the hack riders will need to demonstrate in the arena that they are competent enough in their riding skills. This is so that instructors can pair participants up with the appropriate horse. Those who prefer can book a private hack which are also available too.
Team Building and Corporate Days
These courses can be half a day long or a full day according to customers' wishes, while the courses can be tailored exactly to requirements. Participants can join in the daily grind by helping with mucking out the stables and grooming the horses, while games on horseback plus a riding lesson all comes in with the price of £40.00 per person.
Why not join the Brookhouse Farm Riding Club that offers many unique horse related experiences for members to enjoy such as caring for elderly ponies, exclusive access to the club house, exclusive club clothing, many club perks with reduced prices and gymkhanas. Club members may also take part in dressage and jumping competitions both at reduced prices, while Yoga classes also take place on Sunday mornings too.
Lessons at Brookhouse are available for total novices through to the more experienced riders in all age groups weekdays between 9am and 4pm with prices as follows
- Group Lessons One Hour £22.00
- Peak Private Lesson One Hour £40.00
- Off Peak Private Lesson One Hour £30.00
- Private Lesson 30 Minutes £20.00
- Children's Beginners Group for Age 6 and Over £14.00
Discounts of 10% available for families taking lessons more than once a week and private lessons with three or more participants, while hats and boots are provided free of charge when available.
- Brookhouse Farm Riding School
- Truemans Heath Lane
- Majors Green
- B90 1P
- Tele 0121 474 2078
Bourne Vale Riding School
Bourne Vale Riding School is located in Walsall which is approximately ten miles from Birmingham and a twenty minute trip on the M6 motorway from there. The school is BHS and ABRS approved, is family run and has been used by television companies in the production of programmes due to its perfect backdrop in beautiful gardens.
Bourne Vale employs four highly qualified riding instructors and offers training up to assistant instructor level. Riding hats may be hired for £1.00, while facilities and events offered here include a Large Indoor School with Viewing Gallery, Outdoor Floodlit Ménage, Show Jumping Area, while refreshments are sold at Bourne Vale too. Further facilities include
Children's Birthday Parties
As any child who has celebrated a birthday at Bourne Vale will tell you parties held here are superb! The children are able to get up close and personal with the horses and ponies followed by an amazing birthday tea party. There are two options to choose from the first being a riding only party, while the second is a riding and grooming party. The former costs £18.00 per child, while the latter is £24.00. Both parties must have at least five guests attending.
Christmas parties held at Bourne Vale are available to book for children and adults. The party includes time riding the horses and ponies plus time spent becoming familiar with the mounts. Once the riding is over festive food and drink is served to participants, while a minimum of five guests is required and the price is set at £25.00 per head.
As one of the first riding schools to host a Pony Club Bourne Vale has grown in popularity as children who join the club grow and excel when it comes to all things pony related. The club hosts many activities during school holidays for children to get involved in which is great as pony loving kids like to spend as much time with their animals as possible. Summer holidays were never such fun for pony lovers and experiences offered in the holidays include Three Day Camps, Fun Days, Competitions, Progressive Training Days and Achievement Badge Mornings.
A full Livery Service is offered at Bourne Vale with high quality care and facilities being the name of the game here. All staff here is highly qualified when it comes to training and caring for horses and ponies, while those who use livery services here will also qualify for a discount on the cost of riding lessons. Prices start at £100.00 per week with the cost influenced by the size of the pony plus the services you require.
Bourne Vale offer a whole range of lessons for both young and adult riders including
- Group or Individual Lessons for Adults
- Lessons for Kids age 5 and Over
- Beginners to Advanced Level
- Dressage and Show Jumping
- Half Day Experiences
- Stable Management Courses
- Adults One Hour Class Lesson £29.00
- Children's One Hour Class Lesson £25.00
- 30 Minute Children's Beginner Lesson £18.00
- Weekday 30 Minute Private Lesson £30.00
- Weekday 30 Minute Private Lesson Shared £28.00
- Weekend 30 Minute Private Lesson £35.00
- Weekend 30 Minute Private Lesson Shared £33.00
Those wishing to make further enquiries will find Bourne Vale at
- Little Hardwick Road
- WS9 0SQ
- Tele 0121 353 7174
Foxhills Farm and Riding Centre
Foxhills was established over fifty years ago therefore is well versed in everything there is to know about horses including how to look after them and offering riding lessons. Located close to Birmingham in twenty nine acres of countryside Foxhills houses horses and ponies that are well trained and cared for to a very high standard.
Foxhills is ABRS approved and has twenty six stables, a large floodlit ménage, offers courses to achieve an ABRS certificate, caters for beginners through to advanced level and hosts many events throughout the year. Lessons are available for those five years and over in groups, one on one and semi-private, while taster lessons are required for newcomers so that instructors can assess what level riders are at.
Foxhills offers many facilities for the horse lovers among us including
Parties held here are a lot of fun for both the host and their guests as party goers get an hours pony lesson, while the host can also enjoy some time grooming a pony too. Party guests do not necessarily have to be experienced riders, are required to be age four or over, while each party requires a minimum of five guests. Rates are set at £15.00 per rider and this included hat hire too, while those who wish to book a party make take a look around the stables beforehand.
Stables to Let
If you wish to stable your pony why not consider doing so at Foxhills as their newly modernised stables feature new lighting, new roofs and cost either £25.00 or £30.00. Riders can use as many or little of the livery services offered as they wish, while the grazing paddock is twenty nine acres plus there are plenty of hacking tracks in the surrounding area too for riders to enjoy.
Why not take a look at the range of personalised clothing Foxhills has to offer its riders. Children and adults are both catered for with items such as Polo Shirts, Sweat Shirts, Fleeces and Waterproof Jackets, while all are embroidered on the back to make them look unique. Prices range from £15.00 through to £35.00 depending which item of clothing you select, while the full range is available to try in the site office.
- Group Lessons Weekends One Hour £20.00
- Private Shared Lessons Weekdays Half Hour £20.00 (3 riders)
- Private Shared Lessons Weekends Half Hour £20.00 (3 riders)
- Private Lessons Weekdays Half Hour £25.00
- Private Lessons Weekends Half Hour £25.00
- Book and Pay for 6 Consecutive Private Lessons to Receive 10% Discount
- Riding Hat Hire costs £1.00
Application information forms can be downloaded at the Foxhills website.
- Foxhills Farm and Riding Centre
- Beacon Road
- Barr Beacon
- WS9 0QP
- Tele 0121 360 9160
The Trekking Centre Woodgate Valley Country Park
The Trekking Centre has twenty four ponies and horses that have a good disposition, hardiness and a soft laid back manner making them perfect for riders who wish to learn how to handle horses and ponies or take lessons. The centre is located in the Bartley Green area of Birmingham in four hundred acres of picturesque countryside with sixty five acres of grazing pasture for the horses and ponies to enjoy.
Lessons offered at the Trekking Centre include
- Riding lessons for a range of abilities and ages
- Beginners' lessons
- Improver lessons
- Advanced lessons
Further facilities and events include
School parties are welcomed at the Trekking Centre with Led Treks proving very popular as kids get to ride a pony while taking in the views of the countryside that they might otherwise not experience. Those wishing to make their trek even more exciting may combine it with a ranger led trek held in conjunction with Woodgate Valley Country Park.
Children's birthday parties incorporate a led trek and may be booked Saturday and Sunday afternoons and during the school holidays. Each party must have minimum of six guests in order to book a slot with the minimum age for riders set at four years old.
One hour Advanced Canter Treks are offered for riders who can walk, trot and canter unaided. Riders new to the Trekking Centre must be assessed before embarking on a trek. One hour Novice Treks are great for improver riders and take place during the school summer holidays. One hour Ladies Morning Sessions are available during the week with a discount offered to those who book six sessions in advance.
The centre opens daily from 10am to 4pm although pony riding is not offered on Mondays. Lessons are available for children age four years and over and a regular bus service runs past the centre.
- Beginners half hour pony trek £7.00
- Experienced one hour pony trek £14.00
- Beginners to experienced half hour lesson £10.00
- Experienced one hour lesson £16.00
Maximum rider weight is eleven stone and seven pounds.
- Woodgate Valley Trekking Centre
- Woodgate Valley Country Park
- Bartley Green
- Tele 0121 422 3464
Twylands Livery and Riding School
Twylands is located in Halesowen approximately eight miles from Birmingham off Junction 3 on the M5. Visitors are welcome to take a look around the centre prior to booking lessons or engaging any of the services that Twylands offers, while their office is open seven days a week should you wish to make enquiries.
Twylands is BHS approved has twelve horses, caters for birthday parties, hacks and has a pony club, while a four horse floodlit horse walker with rubber matted floor is available at Twylands too.
Twylands offers further facilities that include
Twylands has fifteen amazing stables featuring anti weave bars and mirrors. There are tack rooms that are both alarmed and have locking facilities, while the stables also offer feed rooms and storage barns. Children are well catered for here with a dedicated children's room that is heated during the winter months, a class room and a pony club room where a meeting is held once a month.
There are three options to choose from when it comes to livery services here namely Part Livery, costing £162.50 per month, Full Livery costing £250.00 per month and Working Livery with discounted working fee. Part Livery services feed your horse, water your horse, includes use of the horse walker, mucking out and cover rugs. Full Livery includes full care of your horse, while Working Livery means the horse will be used by the riding school.
The lettered arena at Twylands is second to none with its sand covered surface, while being floodlit means that riding can carry on at any time of the day or evening even during the winter. The arena also caters for spectators who wish to watch events or lessons offering them a covered area, while show jumps are also a feature of the arena too.
Tracks and Fields
Running along the bottom of the fields at Twylands is a disused railway track that comes in very useful for hacking and treks. The railway track is half a mile long, while there are eleven fields, natural fences plus an isolation paddock for riders to enjoy. No need to worry about intemperate weather either as there are plenty of natural and manmade shelters along the track too.
Children age 4 to 10 years
- 30 minute group lesson £15.00
- 30 minute private lesson £23.00
- 1 hour group lesson £22.00
- 1 hour private lesson £35.00
Children age 11 to 15 years
- 30 minute group lesson £18.00
- 30 minute private lesson £26.00
- One hour group lesson £25.00
- One hour private lesson £35.00
Adults 16 years up
- 30 minutes group lesson £19.00
- 30 minute private lesson £30.00
- One hour group lesson £27.00
- One hour private lesson £40.00
- All day pony club £15.00
- 2 to 3 hour hacks £45.00
- 20 minute pony ride around field £8.00
- One hour birthday parties £20.00 per head
Those wishing to contact Twylands see below for address and telephone number
- Twylands Livery and Riding School
- Grange Hill
- B62 0JH
- Tele 0121 585 1455