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

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE We are running another ARTHUR KOTTAS Dressage Clinic on the 25th/26th and 27th of September 2017! Interested riders please apply ASAP; spectators please book your tickets ***
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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 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
August 28, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
August 29, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
August 30, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
August 31, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
September 1, 2017

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
September 2, 2017 September 3, 2017
September 4, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
September 5, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
September 6, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
September 7, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
September 8, 2017

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
September 9, 2017 September 10, 2017
September 11, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
September 12, 2017

Category: General2:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

2:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic
September 13, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
September 14, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
September 15, 2017

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
September 16, 2017

Category: General12:30 pm: Come & Try Vaulting

12:30 pm: Come & Try Vaulting
September 17, 2017
September 18, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

6:00 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

7:00 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
September 19, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
September 20, 2017

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
September 21, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
September 22, 2017

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: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
September 23, 2017 September 24, 2017
September 25, 2017

Category: General2:00 pm: Dressage Clinic with Arthur Kottas (Afternoon Session)

2:00 pm: Dressage Clinic with Arthur Kottas (Afternoon Session)
September 26, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Arthur Kottas

10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Arthur Kottas
September 27, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Arthur Kottas (Morning Session)

10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Arthur Kottas (Morning Session)

Category: General6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

6:00 pm: Elite Young Riders Club with Joao

Category: General7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao

7:00 pm: Advanced Dressage with Joao
September 28, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
September 29, 2017

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma

5:30 pm: Pony & Kids Club with Emma
September 30, 2017 October 1, 2017

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