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

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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

March 2019
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February 25, 2019 February 26, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course
February 27, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 1, 2019 March 2, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop Module 1

1:00 pm: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop Module 1
March 3, 2019

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
March 4, 2019 March 5, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course
March 6, 2019 March 7, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9, 2019 March 10, 2019
March 11, 2019 March 12, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit

10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit

Category: General4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course
March 13, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit

10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit
March 14, 2019 March 15, 2019 March 16, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop Module 2

10:00 am: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop Module 2
March 17, 2019
March 18, 2019 March 19, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course
March 20, 2019 March 21, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: 4 week Adult Learn to Ride Course

1:00 pm: 4 week Adult Learn to Ride Course
March 22, 2019 March 23, 2019 March 24, 2019
March 25, 2019 March 26, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course
March 27, 2019 March 28, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: 4 week Adult Learn to Ride Course

1:00 pm: 4 week Adult Learn to Ride Course

Category: General1:00 pm: 4 week Adult Learn to Ride Course

1:00 pm: 4 week Adult Learn to Ride Course
March 29, 2019 March 30, 2019 March 31, 2019

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