Hyde Park Stables
Hyde Park Stables is located in the heart of London and are convenient for those who live central to the area. Hyde Park offer lessons for adults and children alike in either groups or individually all year round in the fabulous outdoor setting that is Hyde Park. Riders of all abilities are welcome here including beginners and Hyde Park Stables provide superb routes to follow along with outdoor riding arenas plus dressage and jumping for children too.
Horse riding and pony riding parties can be arranged at Hyde Park and include an arena lesson, a ride in the park, lesson in stable management and pony care, while prizes and rosettes are awarded following these sessions for all the party guests. Hyde Park cater for any number of children with eight riders participating at any one time in the riding session while those waiting form their turn will learn about stable management therefore no child is left waiting around. The nearby Deli will cater for your party, while gift vouchers make a great birthday gift for the party host.
Intensive Riding Courses
Intensive Riding Courses are simply another way of learning to ride with the lessons being packed into a shorter time span similar to when someone takes intensive driving lessons. These courses are also good for riders who simply wish to brush up on their riding skills too. Normally one to one tuition is arranged either for a number of days together or half day sessions rather than just an hour. If you wish to book an intensive course contact the club who will be happy to furnish you with prices.
Half Day Riding Camps
Riding Camps are great for all levels of rider as they offer a riding lesson, horse care lecture, stable management lecture plus a ride in picturesque Hyde Park. Half day camps run from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm daily with children grouped in terms of age. Two children per teacher mean your child will receive plenty of attention, while hats and boots are provided in with the cost.
Many parents choose to enrol their child in the Pony Club as not only does it have a social side that your child will really enjoy but also means they will practice more and gain more experience too. Annual membership only costs £22.00 which is great as children will study for tests and badges as they ride. Application forms are available from the club.
Many ladies prefer to do something different when they are thinking of organising a hen party rather than simply going to town in order to get drunk. Here at Hyde Park hen parties are catered for and offer an hours riding, riding hats and boots free, offer catering if required and riding for up to sixteen riders who will split into two separate groups for their riding session.
Children may begin lessons from the age of four and group lessons or private lessons if that is preferable are offered. Prices vary according to what type of lessons you wish to book. For example
- A group lesson with tuition costs £79.00 per hour per adult and child
- Semi private lessons come in at £89.00 per hour
- Weekday private lessons cost £115.00 per hour or £125.00 per hour at the weekend
- Children's half day Camps cost £189.00
Riding hats and boots are provided free of charge and gift vouchers are available to buy in order to pay towards lessons or riding gear. Further details regarding how to get to Hyde Park Stables, costs and booking information can be found at the website.
- Hyde Park Stables
- 63 Bathurst Mews
- W2 2SB
- Tele 020 7723 2813
Lee Valley Riding Centre
The Lee Valley Riding Centre is located in London E10 area and is British Horse Society approved. Lee Valley offer riding lessons for all abilities including complete beginners, while their five star livery services are second to none. Riders can book group or private lessons and Lee Valley even offer evening courses and cater for birthday parties too.
This superb riding centre offers two outdoor floodlit arenas as well as an indoor arena and children will love the centres Own a Pony days where kids can go along to learn all about grooming, handling, fitting saddles plus enjoy a pony riding lesson all in one package. The centre also runs a pony club and caters for kids birthday parties for kids aged five to fifteen costing £15.00 per child.
Types of lessons offered here include
Have a Go Lessons
These riding sessions are available to book for those new to riding offering them the opportunity to ride a horse, maybe for the first time, without fear as the atmosphere is relaxed and takes safety very seriously. All the ponies and horses are well trained so no worries on that score, while riders will have a go at getting onto the horse and even trotting around. Participants can borrow hats and boots so they can determine whether riding is for them without any initial outlay too. Children age five to fifteen are catered for either after school or at weekends.
Learn to Ride Courses for Children and Adults
Learn to Ride courses are twelve weeks long and are aimed at complete novices to enable them to learn how to ride in groups making it much more fun as it gives the beginner the feeling of "we are all new to this" rather than being the newbie on their own. Boots and hats are provided and once you have completed the course you will receive a certificate. Adults and children learn separately, while each session is an hour long.
Group or Private Lessons
Private lessons are available to book all week long, while dressage and jumping lessons are also catered for privately. Those riders who are experienced may also wish to consider a cross country jumping course. Group lessons run on weekday evenings and weekends throughout the year and are offered for beginners through to advanced riders. Group jumping lessons are also catered for here
Riding Lessons for the Disabled
Groups of up to five disabled riders can book half hour lessons here, while the lessons are run in association with the RDA. Specially trained tutors run the sessions along with volunteers who lead the ponies. Those riders thinking about booking a session may visit Hyde Park to watch how a session is organised and conducted before committing.
Typical costs when booking pony riding lessons at Lee Valley are
- Have a go children's half hour lesson £15.00 at weekends and £12.00 weekdays adults one hour £29.00
- 12 week Learn to Ride Course Children £220.00 and Adults £295.00
Riding hats and body protectors can be hired, while riding boots are provided free of charge. Further information regarding booking and costs can be found at the Lee Valley website.
- Lee Valley Riding Centre
- 71 Lea Bridge Road
- Tele 020 8556 2629
Mudchute Equestrian Centre
Riders living in the East London area will be pleased to learn that Mudchute offer riding lessons on both horses and ponies for all ages and abilities. Located on the Isle of Dogs this British Horse Society approved centre offers an all-weather floodlit arena along with show jumping facilities and cross country riding too.
Whether you and your child are complete novices or experienced riders Mudchute welcomes you, while lessons are available for groups or individuals depending on your preference. Mudchute has twenty five horses and ponies for children and adults to ride with children catered for from the age of seven upwards.
Types of lessons offered here include private lessons, semi private, group lessons, beginner's classes and private individual advanced training. Separate lessons are available for adult novices and adult beginners, child novices and child beginners, child beginner lead rein lessons and adult intermediates. Hat hire is also available and costs £1.50.
Mudchute runs a Pony Club and during the school holidays the centre offers dressage competitions, jumping competitions, gymkhanas and quizzes. Children who join the Pony Club are able to ride frequently, even when they do not own a mount, meaning they can take part in the many activities arranged at the club. Kids will learn all about ponies and riding them in order to pass tests and earn badges. Being a member of the Pony Club offers plenty of riding along with socialising for children to enjoy.
- Adults for 1 hour in a group £30.00
- Children I hour 325.00
- Children 30 minutes £18.00
- Semi private lesson range from £35.00 to £45.00
- Private lessons range from £45.00 to £55.00
- Eight week adult beginners course £232.00
- Six week child beginners course £117.00
Further information on how to find the centre along with opening times and costs can be found at the Mudchute website.
- Mudchute Equestrian Centre
- Mudchute Park and Farm
- Pier Street
- Isle of Dogs
- E14 3HP
- Tele 020 7515 0749
Ridgeway Stables is located in Wimbledon and offers pony riding lessons for children of all abilities. You can guarantee your child will have a great time riding through Wimbledon Common, while the stables also offer all kinds of pony related activities for your child to join in and enjoy. Ridgeway recommend a half hour introductory session so that they can ascertain which pony will best suit the rider, while they also provide private lessons for those who have more experience.
Ridgeway offers a range of riding activities for kids to get involved in such as
Saturday Club is very popular with young riders as kids can enjoy riding and pony riding lessons along with their friends, while also learning about the care and upkeep of their pony demonstrating to children what is involved when owning a mount. The club runs every Saturday all year round and offers morning sessions from 10am to 12pm or afternoon sessions from 2pm to4pm.
Hacking on Wimbledon Common
Hacking is offered for children at Ridgeway after school or at weekends and involves riding on Wimbledon Common along with other children in a safe atmosphere that is also lots of fun. After school hacks begin at 4.15pm although this does depend on daylight, while weekend hacks run from 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm.
Pony Riding on Wimbledon Common
Riding on the common is lots of fun and kids will love to spend their spare time during the school holidays riding here with their friends. As well as riding, activities include caring for your pony with children learning about the responsibility involved in caring for their animal. Your child and their friends will have a great time and all under the careful supervision of qualified staff too.
Pony Riding Birthday Parties
Birthday parties are also available to book at Ridgeway and are very popular too. Kids will meet up with their guests and ride the ponies on the Common plus all guests will receive a birthday rosette as a souvenir of the day's fun. This is an amazing way to spend the day celebrating a birthday, while kids really love to meet and pet the ponies before going for that all important ride.
- Course of six hacking £193.00
- Hacking £36.00 per hour
- Private lesson 326.00 per half hour
- Six private lessons £138.00
- Course of six private lessons £276.00
- Private lesson per hour £51.00
- Course of six Saturday clubs £210.00
- One Saturday club £39.00
As you can see from the price list above booking in bulk does save money so why not consider block booking your preferred activity or lessons. Gift vouchers are also available to buy and can be set against the cost of lessons or activities at the centre. Ridgeway also has a great shop where all kinds of pony riding related goods can be bought. Riding shoes, hats, jodhpurs and horse grooming kits are just some of the items featured, while more information regarding Ridgeway can be found at the website.
- Ridgeway Stables
- 93 Ridgeway
- Wimbledon Village
- SW19 4SU
- Tele 020 894 67400
Gillian's Riding School
This popular family run riding school is located in Enfield North London and welcomes riders of all ages and abilities including children. The school opens seven days a week and caters for children from the age of four upwards with even lessons of only fifteen minutes available for younger riders who are just starting out.
Gillian's offers an all-weather floodlit surface along with woodland riding facilities for riders to enjoy. The centre also boasts a large arena and a summer cross country paddock along with professional grooms and qualified teachers who are experienced and hold equestrian qualifications. Children can join in and enjoy
Pony Days and Kids Club
Pony days and kids' club days are suitable for children of any age or ability and involve a variety of activities and competitions for children to enjoy. Kids clubs and pony days run every day of the half term holidays from 2pm to 5pm plus also run during the summer holidays too. Kids will have great fun learning about ponies and feeding them, while some of the days are themed offering such activities as treasure hunts or how to make a treat for your pony, it's all great fun!
Birthday parties held at Gillian's are epic and cater for parties of all sizes, while kids can even have a pony brought to their own home if required. What to expect at the party? Kids will groom a pony, invitations are provided, a cabin area for party games and food is optional and every child will receive a rosette before they leave. Parties can be personally tailored to suit your requirements in all kinds of ways. Please contact the website to discuss your requirements.
Types of lessons available at Gillian's include lessons for four years and over, group lessons, private and semi-private lessons. Further unique classes include
Gillian's provides specially trained horses that are suitable for those with learning or physical disabilities to ride. Regular lessons are held throughout the week, while mini rides along the Whitewebbs Valley track are also offered. Classes run from Monday through to and including Friday from 9.30am to3.30pm, while at weekends time offered is limited to mini rides lasting half an hour and pony rides lasting fifteen minutes.
Cross Country Courses
Those who like to jump will be pleased to learn that this school offers a cross country course that has jumps measuring from one foot high to two feet nine inches high. The jumps are sited on rolling landscape perfect for those wishing to navigate a more challenging terrain, while riders may ride a horse from the school or bring their own mount whichever they choose.
- Book any eight sessions and get the ninth free
- One hour group lessons Adult £22.00, Junior £21.00, Child £20.00
- Private one hour lesson Adult £38.00, Junior £36.00, Child £34.00
- Fifteen Minute Pony rides for under-fives £8.00
- One hour woodland ride Adult £22.00, Junior £21.00, Child £20.00
- Kids Club pony members £22.00 Non-members £25.00
When booking groups be aware that a group is eight people or less. Private sessions involve one rider per one instructor, while semi private lessons include up to four riders per instructor. More details regarding charges and special offers can be found at the website.
- Gillian's Riding School
- Brayside Farm
- Beggars Hollow
- Clay hill
- EN2 9JL
- Tele 0208 366 5445