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

Holidays

Contessa Riding Centre offers a variety of holiday packages for riders looking for a focused series of lessons over a few days.

We strive to meet the needs and interests of all our clients so if you have special requests then we are happy to tailor the program to suit you. Holidays run over any length of time starting from two days and include two or three rides per day depending on the package you choose. Discounts are available for all holidays lasting over two days. Lessons are given in small groups ranging from 2 to 6 riders in size. If private lessons are required then there is a supplementary charge. You are welcome to come just for your rides, but you can also join in on lectures and watch rides, take the opportunity to spend time grooming and pampering the horses or just relax! You can focus on improving your dressage, show jumping, working towards equine exams or just learning basic skills.

For horse owners wanting to have all or some of their lessons on their own horse we can offer DIY livery, please call the office for pricing.

Courses generally start at 10am and finish at 4pm, but anyone wanting to spend more time working with the horses is welcome to join us on the yard from 8am. The course outlines are as follows:

1. Dressage and Jumping Riding Course

2. Special Dressage Course

3. Elite Dressage Course

Holiday 1
Dressage and Jumping Riding Course

Dressage & Jumping Riding Course – riding twice or three times a day. The course begins with an assessment lesson and then you can participate in a variety of lessons, lectures in horse care, watch demonstrations etc. Riding will include flatwork lessons on our school horses working to improve position and feel and to develop a better understanding of the dressage movements. Polework and jumping lessons can be included to develop jumping skills. Riders may also choose to trade in 2 group lessons for a private lunge lesson.

Dressage and Jumping Course

A. 2 group lessons per day – please call the office for pricing

B. 3 group lessons per day – please call the office for pricing

Holiday 2
Special Dressage Course

Special Dressage Course – riding twice or three times a day. The first lesson is an assessment lesson and from there we will pair you with the most suitable horses to help you develop your dressage skills: position, balance, feel, effective aids and knowledge of movements and school figures. All lessons will be on school horses with a knowledge of dressage ranging from Novice to Advanced/Medium level (not our Advanced Schoolmasters). Riders may choose to trade in 2 group lessons for a private lunge lesson.

Special Dressage Course

A. 2 group lessons per day – please call the office for pricing

B. 3 group lessons per day – please call the office for pricing

Holiday 3
Elite Dressage Course

Elite Dressage Course – riding three times a day. As implied by the name, this course is for riders who are ready for more advanced dressage work. Lessons will be either on school horses with knowledge ranging from Elementary to Advanced level or schoolmasters working from Advanced to Grand Prix. For very experienced riders, this is a fantastic opportunity to practice pirouettes, flying changes, piaffe and passage. Or for those with slightly less experience, it could be a chance to feel some of the advanced movements for the first time, to practice lateral work and to ride an established horse that can teach you the feel of correct work. Lessons will be semi-private, ranging in size from 2 to 4 riders.

Elite Dressage Course

A. 2 semi-private lessons per day – please call the office for pricing
(One lesson on an advanced school horse and one on an advanced schoolmaster)

B. 3 semi-private lessons per day – please call the office for pricing
(Two lessons on an advanced school horse and one on an advanced schoolmaster)