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 2018
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November 26, 2018 November 27, 2018

Category: General4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride

4:00 pm: Children's learn to ride
November 28, 2018 November 29, 2018 November 30, 2018 December 1, 2018 December 2, 2018
December 3, 2018 December 4, 2018 December 5, 2018 December 6, 2018 December 7, 2018 December 8, 2018 December 9, 2018
December 10, 2018 December 11, 2018 December 12, 2018

Category: GeneralN/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

N/A: John Bowen Dressage Clinic
December 13, 2018 December 14, 2018 December 15, 2018

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

1:00 pm: Children's Christmas Pony Party
December 16, 2018
December 17, 2018 December 18, 2018 December 19, 2018 December 20, 2018

Category: General10:00 am: Tina Layton BHSI Dressage Clinic

10:00 am: Tina Layton BHSI Dressage Clinic
December 21, 2018 December 22, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Children's Festive Pony Ride

2:00 pm: Children's Festive Pony Ride
December 23, 2018

Category: General2:00 pm: Children's Festive Pony Ride

2:00 pm: Children's Festive Pony Ride
December 24, 2018 December 25, 2018 December 26, 2018 December 27, 2018 December 28, 2018

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

Category: General2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos arena eventing clinic

2:00 pm: Petros Spiliopoulos arena eventing clinic
December 29, 2018 December 30, 2018

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
December 31, 2018 January 1, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 3, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons
January 4, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons
January 5, 2019 January 6, 2019

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