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

Sonja
Ex Head Girl now in New Zealand

“Over the years I spent at Contessa (1974-1998), initially as a working pupil and laterly as a BHS Intermediate Teacher in the role of Head Girl, I was very fortunate to enjoy Tina’s inspired teaching. With Tina’s encouragement and constant fresh ideas for lessons she was able to get me through all my exams successfully up to Intermediate Teaching. As a late comer to riding (30 as a beginner!) I never thought that I would achieve the things I did, such as competing at Advanced Medium level and training, not only with Tina, but also with various well known trainers who came to instruct at Contessa. As I progressed I was allowed to ride Tina’s magnificent Grand Prix horse (Borrowdale – Buster to his friends) once he had retired from competition, and many of her other highly trained horses as well. I was taken to numerous events all over the country, either supporting Tina as her groom or competing myself, and gathered a wealth of knowledge along the way. Those years are among the most memorable of my life – and having emigrated to New Zealand recently I am still keeping in touch with Tina and her family. Working and training at Contessa was more than just a job or a vocation – it became a way of life which enriched my world.”