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

Contessa Riding and Training Centre
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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 2016
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
August 1, 2016 August 2, 2016

Category: General10:00 am: pony day

Category: General12:00 pm: Contessa vaulting display at Keysoe

August 3, 2016

Category: General10:00 am: Pony Day (including bareback)

Category: General2:00 pm: Dressage clinic with Joao

August 4, 2016 August 5, 2016

Category: General10:00 am: pony day

August 6, 2016 August 7, 2016

Category: General1:00 pm: Un-mounted Summer show preparation afternoon

August 8, 2016 August 9, 2016

Category: General10:00 am: pony day

August 10, 2016

Category: General10:00 am: Pony day including Western

August 11, 2016 August 12, 2016 August 13, 2016 August 14, 2016
August 15, 2016 August 16, 2016 August 17, 2016

Category: General10:00 am: pony day including Dressage with Joao

August 18, 2016

Category: General10:00 am: pony day

August 19, 2016 August 20, 2016 August 21, 2016

Category: General2:00 pm: Un-mounted Pony Club Rally

August 22, 2016 August 23, 2016

Category: General10:30 am: Pony Club Camp

Category: General10:30 am: Vaulting camp

August 24, 2016

Category: General10:30 am: Pony Club Camp

Category: General10:30 am: Vaulting camp

August 25, 2016 August 26, 2016

Category: General12:30 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic - International Olympic Trainer

August 27, 2016 August 28, 2016

Category: General10:30 am: Open Fun Showing Show

August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 August 31, 2016 September 1, 2016 September 2, 2016 September 3, 2016 September 4, 2016

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