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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Contessa has top facilities, happy horses and friendly staff.

When you come to ride at Contessa, you will be presented with a professional, friendly and well run yard of happy horses and friendly staff. As well as our equine and human assets, we boast the following top facilities:

  • Indoor School – Contessa has a 20m x 40m rubber and sand surfaced indoor arena with a viewing gallery, allowing clients, family and friends to watch the lessons and training sessions. There are mirrors around the arena to enable riders to check their position and the horse’s way of going. The indoor school is planed daily and the watering system helps to maintain the surface. Floodlights allow evening lessons to take place.
  • Outdoor school – Contessa’s outdoor arena is 20m x 60m with a jumping lane and is surfaced with sand. There is a seating area for spectators and a watering system to maintain the surface. Jumping lessons tend to take place in the outdoor school and a full set of show jumps and fillers are stored close by.
  • Round Pen – The round pen at Contessa has a multitude of uses. It provides a safe area for small children’s lessons, a lunging area and a small ‘play pen’ for restricted turnout. It is also used for backing youngsters.
  • Horsewalker – Contessa has a Monarch horsewalker which invaluable for providing non-ridden exercise on horses’ days off.
  • Stables – The main yard, known as Court Yard, was constructed in 2005 with 15 new ‘Scotts of Thrapston’ stables – which provide luxury accommodation for our horses!  Phase two of the building project was completed in 2007 with 11 new stables on New Yard, which houses our ponies. Phase three of the construction provided a hay barn extension to the indoor school and included Loddon Stables behind the Gallery area which currently houses our stallions. All stables include ‘Equimat’ rubber matting for the horse’s comfort.
  • Club room/Lecture Room – this provides comfortable seating and a work area for lectures, client day courses or just somewhere to sit and have refreshments before or after your lesson. We also sell cold refreshments in the office.