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

April 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
April 1, 2019 April 2, 2019

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

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Learn to Ride Course
April 3, 2019 April 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 6, 2019 April 7, 2019
April 8, 2019 April 9, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: pony day

10:00 am: pony day

Category: General10:00 am: Vaulting day course

10:00 am: Vaulting day course
April 10, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: pony day

N/A: pony day
April 11, 2019 April 12, 2019 April 13, 2019 April 14, 2019

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
April 15, 2019 April 16, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: John Bowen dressage clinic

N/A: John Bowen dressage clinic

Category: GeneralN/A: pony day

N/A: pony day
April 17, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: pony day

N/A: pony day
April 18, 2019

Category: GeneralN/A: pony day

N/A: pony day
April 19, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Good Friday Dressage Day with Tina Layton-Elliott and Dawn Elliott-Moulden

10:00 am: Good Friday Dressage Day with Tina Layton-Elliott and Dawn Elliott-Moulden
April 20, 2019

Category: General12:00 pm: Jo Shaw

12:00 pm: Jo Shaw
April 21, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Children's Easter Egg Hunt

1:00 pm: Children's Easter Egg Hunt
April 22, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Children’s Easter Fun Day

10:00 am: Children’s Easter Fun Day
April 23, 2019 April 24, 2019 April 25, 2019

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

11:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott
April 26, 2019

Category: General2:00 pm: John Adams showjumping clinic

2:00 pm: John Adams showjumping clinic
April 27, 2019

Category: General12:30 pm: Come and "Have a Go" at Vaulting

12:30 pm: Come and "Have a Go" at Vaulting
April 28, 2019
April 29, 2019 April 30, 2019 May 1, 2019 May 2, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4, 2019 May 5, 2019

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