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

February 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
January 28, 2019 January 29, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
January 30, 2019 January 31, 2019 February 1, 2019 February 2, 2019 February 3, 2019
February 4, 2019 February 5, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
February 6, 2019 February 7, 2019 February 8, 2019

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos arena eventing clinic

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos arena eventing clinic
February 9, 2019 February 10, 2019
February 11, 2019 February 12, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
February 13, 2019 February 14, 2019

Category: General11:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott

11:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott
February 15, 2019 February 16, 2019 February 17, 2019
February 18, 2019 February 19, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: John Bowen dressage clinic

N/A: John Bowen dressage clinic

Category: GeneralN/A: pony day

N/A: pony day
February 20, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: pony day

N/A: pony day
February 21, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: pony day

N/A: pony day
February 22, 2019

Category: General11:00 am: pony club badges training and exam

11:00 am: pony club badges training and exam

Category: General2:00 pm: John Adams showjumping clinic

2:00 pm: John Adams showjumping clinic
February 23, 2019

Category: General12:30 pm: Come & try Vaulting

12:30 pm: Come & try Vaulting
February 24, 2019
February 25, 2019 February 26, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course
February 27, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 1, 2019 March 2, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop Module 1

1:00 pm: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop Module 1
March 3, 2019

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden

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