Contessa Riding & Training Centre

Contessa is a leading Dressage Centre in Hertfordshire, providing Advanced Dressage lessons Lusitano stallions and warmbloods as well as riding for all levels

Contessa Riding and Training Centre
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Advanced Dressage Lessons
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Welcome to Contessa Riding & Training Centre

Contessa is one of the UK’s leading Equestrian Centres specialised in Dressage. We are a friendly family run Riding & Training Centre located in 50 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with easy access to London and Cambridge.
Established in 1977, Contessa is owned and run by Grand Prix rider and trainer Tina Layton-Elliott BHSI & Sheila Layton MBE.
Tina has competed to Grand Prix level and rode internationally on her mare Pik Dame which she had trained from a three year old up to Grand Prix. Tina has always worked to a classical method of training and she works to instill in the method in all her Instructors and Students. The philosophy at Contessa is to strive to create harmony between horse and rider, working as a partnership with the horse.
We provide Advanced Dressage lessons on our Lusitano stallions and our warmbloods as well as riding tuition for all levels. As a training centre we prepare our Apprentices & Students for a career in the Equestrian Industry and for BHS and/or ABRS exams. Co-Proprietor Sheila is deeply involved in the ABRS and became a fellow of the society in 2006. She was awarded an MBE for her services to the equine industry. Find out more about what we offer

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Upcoming Events

September 2016
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August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 August 31, 2016 September 1, 2016 September 2, 2016 September 3, 2016 September 4, 2016
September 5, 2016 September 6, 2016 September 7, 2016 September 8, 2016 September 9, 2016

Category: General10:30 am: Intense Dressage Boot Camp

September 10, 2016

Category: General10:30 am: Intense Dressage Boot Camp

September 11, 2016
September 12, 2016 September 13, 2016 September 14, 2016 September 15, 2016 September 16, 2016 September 17, 2016

Category: General3:00 pm: Kids Horse Care

September 18, 2016

Category: General9:00 am: Dawn's Dressage clinic

Category: General9:00 am: Dressage Clinic With Dawn Elliott-Moulden

September 19, 2016 September 20, 2016 September 21, 2016 September 22, 2016

Category: General2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic

September 23, 2016 September 24, 2016

Category: General3:00 pm: Pony Club Rally with Emma (unmounted)

September 25, 2016

Category: GeneralN/A: English Vaulting Championships - Stow on the Wold

September 26, 2016 September 27, 2016 September 28, 2016 September 29, 2016 September 30, 2016 October 1, 2016 October 2, 2016

Category: General3:00 pm: Introduction to equine art (life drawing of horses) with Lucy White

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