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

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016

Category: General2:00 pm: Winter Special - 4 Week Dressage Course

2:00 pm: Winter Special - 4 Week Dressage Course
December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Category: General12:30 pm: Christmas Vaulting Competition and Party

12:30 pm: Christmas Vaulting Competition and Party

Category: General12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group

12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group
December 4, 2016

Category: GeneralN/A: Clients only Christmas Show

N/A: Clients only Christmas Show
December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016 December 10, 2016

Category: General12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group

12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group

Category: General3:00 pm: Novice to Grand Prix dressage demonstration with Joao Cavaco ARBS TC

3:00 pm: Novice to Grand Prix dressage demonstration with Joao Cavaco ARBS TC
December 11, 2016

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic With Dawn Elliott-Moulden
December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016

Category: General2:00 pm: Festive Dressage Clinic with Joao Cavaco

2:00 pm: Festive Dressage Clinic with Joao Cavaco
December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016

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

2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic
December 17, 2016

Category: General12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group

12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group
December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016

Category: GeneralN/A: Christmas Eve special group offers

N/A: Christmas Eve special group offers

Category: General12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group

12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group
December 25, 2016
December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016

Category: GeneralN/A: Adults Christmas Special Offers

N/A: Adults Christmas Special Offers
December 29, 2016

Category: GeneralN/A: Adults Christmas Special Offers

N/A: Adults Christmas Special Offers
December 30, 2016

Category: General12:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

12:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

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

12:30 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic - International Olympic Trainer
December 31, 2016

Category: General12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group

12:30 pm: Saturday Vauting Group
January 1, 2017

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