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

"The strength of our team is each individual member. Passion and individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes our team work and our horses and clients happy.
At Contessa we are very lucky to have a mix of passionate people with different talents so every rider and horse can benefit from our variety of experience and specialism."
Betija Vegere

Betija is from Latvia. She came to Contessa to do her apprenticeship and gain some new experience in a different country. Back home she did a lot of Show Jumping and worked with young horses, but always had a passion for teaching. She is a really open minded and positive person. “If you try your best, you can always be better!”

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Alice Rose Willson

“My name is Alice and I have been around horses most of my life competing for the Pony Club. I love riding different horses as you can learn so many different things from each individual horse.
I am at Contessa training to become a qualified riding instructor because I love helping people improve and achieve.”

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Blossom Salmon

Blossom has been riding and been around horses from a very young age and is now the proud owner of her two own horses. Showjumping is her passion but since starting her apprenticeship at Contessa her interest for Dressage is quickly growing. Alongside her apprenticeship, Blossom is also hoping to progress through the BHS Stages and is thoroughly enjoying beginning to teach new riders.

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Iren Nikolova

Iren joined the team in January 2019. Originally from Bulgaria, she developed a passion for horses from a very young age.

After graduating from University she decided to move to the UK to follow her passion and pursue a career in the Equestrian sector. Since making this move she has successfully passed her BHS stage 1 and 2, and Kiets level 2 exams. She also developed a love for teaching.

Iren is currently working towards improving her existing skills and passing her next BHS exams. She is determined to gain further experience which would enable her to teach at a higher level.

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