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

August 2019
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July 29, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit

10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit
July 30, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit

10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit
July 31, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit

10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Visit
August 1, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 2, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 3, 2019 August 4, 2019
August 5, 2019 August 6, 2019

Category: General2:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

2:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic
August 7, 2019 August 8, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 9, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Vaulting Pony Day

10:00 am: Vaulting Pony Day
August 10, 2019 August 11, 2019

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
August 12, 2019 August 13, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 14, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 15, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 16, 2019 August 17, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Summer Special Pony Day

10:00 am: Summer Special Pony Day
August 18, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Summer Special Pony Day

10:00 am: Summer Special Pony Day
August 19, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony Day Afternoon

1:00 pm: Pony Day Afternoon
August 20, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Two day junior camp

10:00 am: Two day junior camp

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons
August 21, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Two day junior camp

10:00 am: Two day junior camp

Category: General1:00 pm: 6 and under Pony Day Afternoon

1:00 pm: 6 and under Pony Day Afternoon
August 22, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day incl poles/jump

10:00 am: Pony Day incl poles/jump

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Arena Eventing clinic

2:00 pm: Petros Arena Eventing clinic
August 23, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: 2 Day Adults Dressage Camp

10:00 am: 2 Day Adults Dressage Camp
August 24, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: 2 Day Adults Dressage Camp

10:00 am: 2 Day Adults Dressage Camp
August 25, 2019
August 26, 2019 August 27, 2019 August 28, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott

10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott
August 29, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)

10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)
August 30, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)

10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)
August 31, 2019 September 1, 2019

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