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

November 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
October 29, 2018

Category: General1:00 pm: Half Term Pony Afternoon

1:00 pm: Half Term Pony Afternoon
October 30, 2018

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

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
October 31, 2018

Category: General1:00 pm: Halloween Pony Afternoon

1:00 pm: Halloween Pony Afternoon
November 1, 2018

Category: General9:30 am: Autumn Junior 2 day camp

9:30 am: Autumn Junior 2 day camp

Category: General10:00 am: Half term Pony day

10:00 am: Half term Pony day
November 2, 2018

Category: General9:30 am: Autumn Junior 2 day camp

9:30 am: Autumn Junior 2 day camp

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

N/A: Petros Spiliopoulos Arena X Country Jumping
November 3, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop

2:00 pm: Jo Shaw Energy Workshop
November 4, 2018
November 5, 2018 November 6, 2018

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

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
November 7, 2018 November 8, 2018 November 9, 2018 November 10, 2018 November 11, 2018
November 12, 2018 November 13, 2018

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

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
November 14, 2018 November 15, 2018 November 16, 2018

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

2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic
November 17, 2018 November 18, 2018
November 19, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

N/A: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic
November 20, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

N/A: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

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

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
November 21, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic

N/A: Arthur Kottas Dressage Clinic
November 22, 2018 November 23, 2018 November 24, 2018 November 25, 2018

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
November 26, 2018 November 27, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: 4 week learn to ride course

4:00 pm: 4 week learn to ride course

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

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
November 28, 2018 November 29, 2018 November 30, 2018 December 1, 2018 December 2, 2018

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