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

Buy 10 vouchers and get the 11th free
Lesson type Single lesson 11 vouchers
Private three quarter hour: £81.00 £810.00

Please call the office for details

Buy 10 vouchers and get the 11th free
Lesson type Single lesson 11 vouchers
Private three quarter hour: £81.00 £810.00

We offer a discount for riders on their own horses

£1 per session

Buy 10 vouchers and get the 11th free
Lesson type Single lesson 11 vouchers
Private half hour: £22.00 £220.00

Children’s Balance & Coordination sessions 

1/2hr  private session £40 (or kids club voucher till Jan 2020), course of 11 for £400,

Children’s Shared flatwork & polework (4 places) 1 hour

Ride  £38, course of 11 for £380.00 

Pony Club Weekly (Sunday’s 11-12.30pm)

Pony club weekly – 1.5 hours running with a monthly theme. These weekly sessions will include a mix of practical, theory and on the horse time. Sessions will work towards horse care certificates and pony club badges.

Pc members    £15  , non members £20, course of 11 £150 (PC members), course of 11 (non members) £200

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

£1 per session

During February and March we are offering a discount of £5 on group lessons taken between 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday.

Novice/Elementary horse assessment & dressage schoolmaster on same day – £105

We offer a discount for riders on their own horses


To accommodate the greater demand for riding at the weekend and to ensure that riders have the best opportunity to ride we have prioritised group lessons for riders of different abilities and ages. We also have a very limited number of private lessons at fixed times throughout the day. Please see our weekend timetable for further details.


Please note that in order to assure the smooth running of the stables, we kindly ask that you give us notification when you cannot make a lesson. Required notice : 48 hours.

If you cancel after the required time, we ask that you re-book a lesson within 3 days to avoid paying for the missed lesson.


All lessons are to be prepaid in advance of the booking or by Contessa Vouchers – Vouchers are non-refundable. Prepaid vouchers can not be exchanged for a cash alternative and we cannot give change in cash on any vouchers.

Vouchers can be purchased by clicking on the prices in the table above.


Special Gift Vouchers can be purchased. These are non-refundable and must be used within 3 months of purchase. A Riding Gift Voucher may be exchanged for horse care sessions if preferred.


All refunds incur a 10% admin fee.


Contessa reserves the right to change a lesson if we have insufficient riders to run a session- we will try our best to notify you of changes.


Clinic payments must be made in advance or cash on the day. Once a clinic is booked if cancelled by the rider he must find a replacement unless there is a waiting list. Clinics have a special cancellation policy of one week.


Up to Standard and fitted Body protectors (Standard 2009 onwards) are compulsory to attend any jump lessons or clinics on Contessa horses. We do recommend Body Protectors to be worn at all times when riding. Body protectors are available to be hired from the office for £4 fee. We also strongly recommend riders on their own horses to wear body protectors.


Minimum age is 5  years old (must be used to being left without parents).

Parents must supply drink + outdoor clothing + lunch if attending all day. NO NUTS are allowed in any packed lunch.

Please note we are happy for children to be left but we are not registered child carers, so parents please feel free to stay.


Due to staff holidays/sick days we may need to change pre-booked instructors or horses at the last minute.


Any damages caused at Contessa Riding Centre LLP will be the responsibilities of the parties involved.


Our current weight limit is 14 stone.


If you decide to book a lesson with us you agree to our terms and conditions and our horse riders code of conduct which you can find below:



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