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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February 2018
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January 29, 2018

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
January 30, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: Six week Children's learn to ride course

4:00 pm: Six week Children's learn to ride course

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
January 31, 2018

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
February 1, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
February 2, 2018

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

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos pole work & gymnastic jumping exercises

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
February 3, 2018 February 4, 2018
February 5, 2018

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
February 6, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: Six week Children's learn to ride course

4:00 pm: Six week Children's learn to ride course

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
February 7, 2018

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
February 8, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: Dressage clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott BHSI

N/A: Dressage clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott BHSI

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
February 9, 2018

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
February 10, 2018

Category: General3:00 pm: Pony club fun rally

3:00 pm: Pony club fun rally
February 11, 2018

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
February 12, 2018

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
February 13, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Half Term Pony Days

10:00 am: Half Term Pony Days

Category: General4:00 pm: Six week Children's learn to ride course

4:00 pm: Six week Children's learn to ride course

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
February 14, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Half Term Pony Days

10:00 am: Half Term Pony Days

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
February 15, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Half Term Pony Days

10:00 am: Half Term Pony Days

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
February 16, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Show jumping day course

10:00 am: Show jumping day course

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
February 17, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Lusitano workshop

2:00 pm: Lusitano workshop
February 18, 2018
February 19, 2018

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
February 20, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
February 21, 2018

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
February 22, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
February 23, 2018

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

2:00 pm: John Adams Show Jumping Clinic

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
February 24, 2018

Category: General3:00 pm: Adults and children's show jumping competition

3:00 pm: Adults and children's show jumping competition
February 25, 2018
February 26, 2018

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
February 27, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Balance, Position and Coordination with Wanda
February 28, 2018

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
March 1, 2018

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

7:00 pm: Dressage, Tea & Cake Club with Nikki
March 2, 2018

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
March 3, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Pony club badges exam.

2:00 pm: Pony club badges exam.
March 4, 2018

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