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

September 2019
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August 26, 2019 August 27, 2019 August 28, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons
August 29, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)

10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)
August 30, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)

10:00 am: 2 Day Vaulting Camp (Part 2)

Category: General10:00 am: pony day with Vaulting

10:00 am: pony day with Vaulting
August 31, 2019 September 1, 2019
September 2, 2019 September 3, 2019 September 4, 2019 September 5, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott

10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott
September 6, 2019 September 7, 2019

Category: General1:30 pm: Come & try Vaulting

1:30 pm: Come & try Vaulting
September 8, 2019

Category: General3:00 pm: pony club badges training

3:00 pm: pony club badges training
September 9, 2019 September 10, 2019 September 11, 2019 September 12, 2019

Category: General12:00 pm: mums & grans group

12:00 pm: mums & grans group
September 13, 2019 September 14, 2019 September 15, 2019
September 16, 2019 September 17, 2019

Category: General4:00 pm: 6 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course

4:00 pm: 6 weeks Children's Learn to Ride Course
September 18, 2019

Category: General2:00 pm: John Adams showjumping clinic

2:00 pm: John Adams showjumping clinic
September 19, 2019

Category: General12:00 pm: mums & grans group

12:00 pm: mums & grans group
September 20, 2019 September 21, 2019 September 22, 2019

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden

Category: General3:00 pm: pony club badge exam

3:00 pm: pony club badge exam
September 23, 2019 September 24, 2019 September 25, 2019 September 26, 2019

Category: General12:00 pm: mums & grans group

12:00 pm: mums & grans group
September 27, 2019 September 28, 2019 September 29, 2019
September 30, 2019 October 1, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 3, 2019

Category: General12:00 pm: mums & grans group

12:00 pm: mums & grans group
October 4, 2019

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Arena Eventing clinic

2:00 pm: Petros Arena Eventing clinic
October 5, 2019 October 6, 2019

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