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

September 2018
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August 27, 2018 August 28, 2018 August 29, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 30, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 31, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Petros Spiliopoulos Arena X Country Jumping

N/A: Petros Spiliopoulos Arena X Country Jumping
September 1, 2018 September 2, 2018
September 3, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 5, 2018 September 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 8, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

N/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic
September 9, 2018
September 10, 2018 September 11, 2018 September 12, 2018 September 13, 2018 September 14, 2018

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

2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic
September 15, 2018 September 16, 2018
September 17, 2018 September 18, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 weeks Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 5 weeks Learn to Ride Course
September 19, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Tina Layton Dressage Clinic

10:00 am: Tina Layton Dressage Clinic
September 20, 2018 September 21, 2018 September 22, 2018 September 23, 2018
September 24, 2018 September 25, 2018 September 26, 2018 September 27, 2018 September 28, 2018

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

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos arena eventing clinic
September 29, 2018 September 30, 2018

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