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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Category: GeneralN/A: Ride for Research Dressage League Part 3

N/A: Ride for Research Dressage League Part 3
April 10, 2017

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10:00 am: Pony days
April 11, 2017 April 12, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Pony days

10:00 am: Pony days
April 13, 2017 April 14, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Easter Dressage Camp

10:00 am: Easter Dressage Camp
April 15, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Easter Dressage Camp

10:00 am: Easter Dressage Camp

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

1:00 pm: Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
April 16, 2017
April 17, 2017

Category: General10:00 am: Easter Monday Showjumping Day

10:00 am: Easter Monday Showjumping Day
April 18, 2017 April 19, 2017 April 20, 2017 April 21, 2017

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

2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic
April 22, 2017 April 23, 2017
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