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

June 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
May 28, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Bank Holiday Adults Riding and Horse Care Day

10:00 am: Bank Holiday Adults Riding and Horse Care Day

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

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
May 29, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Half Term Pony Day

10:00 am: Half Term Pony Day

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
May 30, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Half Term Pony Day

10:00 am: Half Term Pony Day
May 31, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Half Term Pony Day

10:00 am: Half Term Pony Day

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 1, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos Arena X Country Jumping

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos Arena X Country Jumping

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
June 2, 2018 June 3, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Intro, prelim, novice Pas de Deux, Quadrille Dressage Competition

N/A: Intro, prelim, novice Pas de Deux, Quadrille Dressage Competition
June 4, 2018

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

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 5, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
June 6, 2018

Category: General11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training

11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training
June 7, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 8, 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
June 9, 2018 June 10, 2018
June 11, 2018

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

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 12, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course

4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
June 13, 2018

Category: General11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training

11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training
June 14, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott BHSI

N/A: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott BHSI

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 15, 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
June 16, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: In hand workshop with Tina Layton-Elliott

2:00 pm: In hand workshop with Tina Layton-Elliott
June 17, 2018
June 18, 2018

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

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 19, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course

4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
June 20, 2018

Category: General11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training

11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training
June 21, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 22, 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
June 23, 2018

Category: General12:30 pm: Come & Try Vaulting – special introductory offer for new members.

12:30 pm: Come & Try Vaulting – special introductory offer for new members.
June 24, 2018

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
June 25, 2018

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

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
June 26, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course

4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
June 27, 2018

Category: General11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training

11:00 am: Level 2 & 3 Coaching Exam Training
June 28, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
June 29, 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
June 30, 2018

Category: General3:00 pm: Pony Club Rally

3:00 pm: Pony Club Rally
July 1, 2018

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