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

April 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
March 26, 2018

Category: General5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
March 27, 2018

Category: General7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
March 28, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
March 29, 2018

Category: General7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
March 30, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Good Friday Dressage Day course

10:00 am: Good Friday Dressage Day course

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma

6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma
March 31, 2018

Category: General3:00 pm: Easter Egg Hunt

3:00 pm: Easter Egg Hunt
April 1, 2018
April 2, 2018

Category: General5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
April 3, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

Category: General7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
April 4, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
April 5, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Club Poles and Cones Rally

10:00 am: Pony Club Poles and Cones Rally

Category: General7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
April 6, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Ride for Research Dressage Competition Part 2

N/A: Ride for Research Dressage Competition Part 2

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma

6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma
April 7, 2018 April 8, 2018
April 9, 2018

Category: General5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
April 10, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

Category: General7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
April 11, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Vaulting Pony Day

10:00 am: Vaulting Pony Day

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
April 12, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

10:00 am: Easter Pony Days

Category: General7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
April 13, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos Gymnastic Jumping Exercises Clinic

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos Gymnastic Jumping Exercises Clinic

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma

6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma
April 14, 2018 April 15, 2018
April 16, 2018

Category: General5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
April 17, 2018

Category: General7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
April 18, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
April 19, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Tina Layton BHSI Dressage Clinic

N/A: Tina Layton BHSI Dressage Clinic

Category: General7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
April 20, 2018

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma

6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma
April 21, 2018 April 22, 2018
April 23, 2018

Category: General5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
April 24, 2018

Category: General7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
April 25, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
April 26, 2018

Category: General7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
April 27, 2018

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

2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma

6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma
April 28, 2018 April 29, 2018
April 30, 2018

Category: General5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
May 1, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: Children Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: Children Learn to Ride Course

Category: General7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
May 2, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
May 3, 2018

Category: General7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
May 4, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos pole work & gymnastic jumping exercises

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos pole work & gymnastic jumping exercises

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma

6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma
May 5, 2018 May 6, 2018

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