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

*** Bookings now taken for John Bowen Dressage Clinic 11th July & John Adams Showjumping clinic 28th July ***
Contessa Riding and Training Centre
Advanced Dressage Lessons
Careers & Exam Training
Riding School

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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

June 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
May 29, 2017

Category: General10:30 am: Spring bank holiday Dressage workshop with Tina Layton BHSI

10:30 am: Spring bank holiday Dressage workshop with Tina Layton BHSI

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
May 30, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony days

10:00 am: Pony days

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
May 31, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony days

10:00 am: 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
June 1, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony days

10:00 am: Pony days

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 2, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony days

10:00 am: Pony days

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

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
June 3, 2017 June 4, 2017

Category: General2:00 pm: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course

2:00 pm: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course
June 5, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 6, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
June 7, 2017

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
June 8, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 9, 2017

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

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
June 10, 2017

Category: General2:30 pm: In-Hand Workshop Part 1

2:30 pm: In-Hand Workshop Part 1
June 11, 2017

Category: General1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course

1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course
June 12, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 13, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
June 14, 2017

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
June 15, 2017

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

2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 16, 2017

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

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
June 17, 2017 June 18, 2017

Category: General1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course

1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course
June 19, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 20, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
June 21, 2017

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
June 22, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 23, 2017

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

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
June 24, 2017 June 25, 2017

Category: General1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course

1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course

Category: General2:30 pm: Natural Horsemanship Workshop

2:30 pm: Natural Horsemanship Workshop
June 26, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 27, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
June 28, 2017

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
June 29, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 30, 2017

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

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
July 1, 2017 July 2, 2017

Category: General1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course

1:00 am: British Horse Society Progressive Riding Tests Course

Category: General12:00 pm: Essential guide to horse loan & ownership

12:00 pm: Essential guide to horse loan & ownership

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