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

July 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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
July 2, 2018 July 3, 2018

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

4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course
July 4, 2018 July 5, 2018 July 6, 2018 July 7, 2018 July 8, 2018
July 9, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic
July 10, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

10:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

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

4:00 pm: 5 week children learn to ride course
July 11, 2018

Category: General8:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

8:00 am: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic
July 12, 2018 July 13, 2018

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

N/A: Petros Spiliopoulos Arena X Country Jumping
July 14, 2018 July 15, 2018
July 16, 2018 July 17, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

N/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic
July 18, 2018 July 19, 2018 July 20, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic

N/A: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic
July 21, 2018

Category: General3:00 pm: Pony Club Rally

3:00 pm: Pony Club Rally
July 22, 2018
July 23, 2018 July 24, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day Morning

10:00 am: Pony Day Morning
July 25, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
July 26, 2018 July 27, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
July 28, 2018

Category: General1:00 pm: Summer show preparation course

1:00 pm: Summer show preparation course
July 29, 2018
July 30, 2018 July 31, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day Morning

10:00 am: Pony Day Morning
August 1, 2018 August 2, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day Morning

10:00 am: Pony Day Morning
August 3, 2018 August 4, 2018 August 5, 2018

Category: General10:30 am: Colliers End Summer Fun Show 2018

10:30 am: Colliers End Summer Fun Show 2018

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