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

*** Thankyou to our kind sponsors of Colliers End Show, 20th August:- Hertford Horsebits, Howe Rentals, Kathryn Muir, Martin Smith at Ani-mate, Equine Partners EAP, Author of The Mad Inland Donkey-Lady, Heathlands Animal Sanctuary, Easy Horsemanship Derek Williams, Tylers Embroidery, L S Saddlery. ***
Contessa Riding and Training Centre
Advanced Dressage Lessons
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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

August 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
July 31, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day

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 1, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
August 2, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day

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 3, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Junior Dressage & Showjumping Camp

10:00 am: Junior Dressage & Showjumping Camp

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
August 4, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Junior Dressage & Showjumping Camp

10:00 am: Junior Dressage & Showjumping Camp

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
August 5, 2017 August 6, 2017
August 7, 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 8, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
August 9, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Advanced Pony Day (Show Jumping)

10:00 am: Advanced Pony Day (Show Jumping)

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 10, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
August 11, 2017

Category: GeneralN/A: Petros Spiliopoulos pole work & gymnastic jumping exercises

N/A: Petros Spiliopoulos pole work & gymnastic jumping exercises

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day

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
August 12, 2017 August 13, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
August 14, 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 15, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day (Vaulting)

10:00 am: Pony Day (Vaulting)

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
August 16, 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 17, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
August 18, 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
August 19, 2017 August 20, 2017

Category: General10:30 am: Summer Fun Show 2017

10:30 am: Summer Fun Show 2017
August 21, 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 22, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance and Coordination with Wanda
August 23, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day (Bareback Riding)

10:00 am: Pony Day (Bareback Riding)

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 24, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
August 25, 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
August 26, 2017 August 27, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day

10:00 am: Pony Day
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 and Coordination with Wanda

7:00 pm: Balance 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

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