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 2019
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May 27, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Bank Holiday pony day

10:00 am: Bank Holiday pony day
May 28, 2019

Category: General11:00 am: Pony Club badges Exam

11:00 am: Pony Club badges Exam
May 29, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony Club Showjumping Afternoon

1:00 pm: Pony Club Showjumping Afternoon
May 30, 2019

Category: General9:00 am: John Adams showjumping clinic

9:00 am: John Adams showjumping clinic
May 31, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: Pony days

N/A: Pony days
June 1, 2019 June 2, 2019
June 3, 2019 June 4, 2019 June 5, 2019 June 6, 2019 June 7, 2019 June 8, 2019 June 9, 2019
June 10, 2019 June 11, 2019 June 12, 2019 June 13, 2019

Category: General10:15 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott

10:15 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott
June 14, 2019

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Arena Eventing clinic

2:00 pm: Petros Arena Eventing clinic
June 15, 2019 June 16, 2019
June 17, 2019 June 18, 2019

Category: General2:00 pm: John Bowen dressage clinic

2:00 pm: John Bowen dressage clinic
June 19, 2019 June 20, 2019 June 21, 2019 June 22, 2019 June 23, 2019

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
June 24, 2019 June 25, 2019 June 26, 2019 June 27, 2019 June 28, 2019 June 29, 2019 June 30, 2019

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