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

16th April 2020 It is with a heavy heart that I write this following statement. As many of you will know we have been suffering at Contessa for some time with the economic climate and recruitment of staff. Now, to add to everything else the Coronavirus Covid-19 has hit us all. Unfortunately, with all these things taken into account, we have had to make the heartbreaking decision to shut down the main part of Contessa Riding Centre. We will be continuing with the Vaulting and I will be keeping a few of my Advanced Dressage horses so therefore will be able to continue Advanced Schoolmaster lessons. I will also be taking clients for lessons on their own horses and we will be running clinics with visiting trainers as we have done in the past. When the lockdown is over, I will try and find new homes for our school horses, but until that time happens we will still be able to give lessons on them until they are rehomed. Pre paid valid vouchers will be honoured (excluding the lockdown) for their 3 months period. We have run Contessa with the help of some wonderful staff and fantastic horses for 43 years. Contessa is an internationally renowned Centre and that is due to the amazing clients that we have met and taught over the years. We would thank you for making and sharing these wonderful years with us. Some staff have been at Contessa for many years; some staff have returned after being students and some staff have simply come back because they love the place and they feel they can learn so much from what we can offer. We would like to say an enormous thank you to staff, friends and clients for your continued support over all the years. Hopefully, you will all understand why we have had to make this decision. Tina, Sheila, Paul and Zak. If you need to contact Contessa please email: contessateam@contessariding.co.uk
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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

5 star rated. Riding School Licence number: 18/1761/ARE, East Herts Council

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Category: General11:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott

11:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott
November 28, 2019 November 29, 2019 November 30, 2019 December 1, 2019
December 2, 2019 December 3, 2019 December 4, 2019 December 5, 2019 December 6, 2019 December 7, 2019

Category: General11:45 am: Festive Open Dressage Competition including Freestyle to music

11:45 am: Festive Open Dressage Competition including Freestyle to music
December 8, 2019
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Category: General2:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic

2:00 pm: John Bowen Dressage Clinic
December 11, 2019 December 12, 2019 December 13, 2019 December 14, 2019 December 15, 2019
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Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons
December 21, 2019 December 22, 2019
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Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons
December 24, 2019 December 25, 2019 December 26, 2019 December 27, 2019

Category: General12:00 pm: John Adams Showjumping Clinic

12:00 pm: John Adams Showjumping Clinic
December 28, 2019 December 29, 2019

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

9:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Dawn Elliott-Moulden
December 30, 2019 December 31, 2019 January 1, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 3, 2020 January 4, 2020 January 5, 2020

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