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

December 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
November 27, 2017

Category: General5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

5:15 pm: Jump Club (Novice) with Leila

Category: General6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila

6:15 pm: Jump Club (Intermediate) with Leila
November 28, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
November 29, 2017

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course

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
November 30, 2017

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
December 1, 2017

Category: General5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

5:15 pm: Elite Club with Tina Layton

Category: General6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma

6:30 pm: Ladies night with Emma
December 2, 2017 December 3, 2017
December 4, 2017 December 5, 2017 December 6, 2017

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course
December 7, 2017 December 8, 2017

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos pole work & gymnastic jumping exercises

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos pole work & gymnastic jumping exercises
December 9, 2017 December 10, 2017
December 11, 2017 December 12, 2017

Category: GeneralN/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

N/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic
December 13, 2017

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course
December 14, 2017 December 15, 2017 December 16, 2017

Category: General1:00 pm: Children's Christmas Party

1:00 pm: Children's Christmas Party
December 17, 2017
December 18, 2017 December 19, 2017 December 20, 2017

Category: General4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 5 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course
December 21, 2017 December 22, 2017 December 23, 2017 December 24, 2017
December 25, 2017 December 26, 2017 December 27, 2017 December 28, 2017 December 29, 2017 December 30, 2017 December 31, 2017

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