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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A fun and friendly structured club in which you can learn how to ride and look after a pony.

We are:
A Pony Club Centre which gives children who do not own their own pony an opportunity to

  • learn to ride.
  • learn to look after a pony.
  • participate in exams, competitions, rallies, camps and much more.

We offer:

  • A fun and structured scheme providing a progressive way of learning to ride and look after a pony.
  • Instruction from our qualified staff who are regularly briefed on the latest regulations and receive ongoing training.
  • Third party liability insurance for Pony Club members.
  • Organised trips to major shows such as Badminton, Olympia and Horse of the Year Show.
  • Private lessons after school as assessments for group allocation and for nervous riders.
  • Four different levels of group lessons on weekdays and weekends.
  • Sessions working towards specific achievement badges e.g. grooming, mucking out.
  • An insight into many different equestrian discipline such as Dressage, Show Jumping, Western, Vaulting and Side Saddle.

Wanda Bendisch
ABRS TC, UKCC II, Marketing Manager
Wanda started working at Contessa in 2014 after working in different riding schools in Germany and London. “Riding schools in the city are limited in terms of space and horses”, she says, “Contessa has extraordinary trainers and facilities and a variety of horses for everyone plus schoolmasters trained to Grand Prix level and is still easily accessible from London.”

Wanda is originally from Germany where she started riding at the age of 6.
After years of teaching in a German Dressage Riding Centre in Northrhine Westphalia and studying business & law Wanda came to London in 2012 and worked in an environmental & human rights law firm. She obviously missed the horses and started working in different riding schools including Hyde Park Stables and Mudchute Equestrian Centre.
Wanda has a busy teaching schedule and focuses particularly on the riders position and the understanding of the riders aiding to improve the horses way of going.
As our Marketing Manager she recently developed Contessa’s website and writes our newsletter. She is also our Student Liaison Officer and supports our students with their exams. She loves to ride our Advanced Dressage Horses and especially our Lusitano stallions and mares from Portugal and Spain. Wanda is available for lessons both weekdays and weekends.
She also runs our Balance & Coordination Evening Class ( Tuesday 7pm). Wanda holds her ABRS Teaching Certificate and UK Coaching Certificate and is one of our lucky ABRS scholarship holders.
She also runs her own livery & training yard near Contessa and is currently competing her 6 year old German Warmblood Sir Sandokan (Monty) in BD Dressage competitions. Wanda backed Monty herself when he was 3 years old and he has enjoyed many of Contessa’s several clinics. Wanda and Monty are supported by Tina in their training and also train regularly with Arthur Kottas.

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Solo
Welsh

A well schooled advanced pony.

Solo is one of the more advanced ponies who is very well schooled enabling us to teach children more about lateral work. He is a strawberry roan though we often call him ‘pink’. Solo has been at Contessa for many years.

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Moonie
Arab X Welsh

Popular amongst both children and adults, he loves all types of work.

Moonie is a 13.2hh Arab X Welsh and is a long standing member of Contessa. He has taught many to ride. He loves all types of work, but is particularly talented at jumping. He is the perfect size to be ridden by both children and adults; this enables us to use him for more advanced work, whilst  keeping a steady approach of teaching.

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Toby

Sweet natured gelding who loves jumping and Dressage.

Toby is a sweet natured 13.3hh caremello gelding. Since joining Contessa he has showed a great ability towards all aspects of the sport. He loves nothing more than going over jumps and going out in the field. Toby is also very willing to participate in Dressage, being able to do basic lateral movements. He has also competed as part of the Contessa Dressage Team.

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Pony Days

Half day £28 Ride x1 and lectures / games 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm

Whole day £50 Ride x2 and lectures / games 10am-4pm

Week (3 days) £125 Ride x2 and lectures / games 10am-4pm

Pony Day (1/2 day)

£28 Ride x1 and
lectures / games 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm

Pony Week (3 days)

£125 Ride x2 and
lectures / games 10am-4pm

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