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

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

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Upcoming Events

December 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
November 25, 2019 November 26, 2019 November 27, 2019

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

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

10:00 am: Dressage Clinic with Tina Layton-Elliott
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
December 9, 2019 December 10, 2019

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
December 16, 2019 December 17, 2019 December 18, 2019

Category: General10:00 am: Pony day

10:00 am: Pony day
December 19, 2019 December 20, 2019

Category: General1:00 pm: Pony afternoons

1:00 pm: Pony afternoons
December 21, 2019 December 22, 2019
December 23, 2019

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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