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."
Tori Stevens

Tori joined the Contessa team in May 2017. She has been around horses from a very young age. At the age of 17 she bought her first Pony Amber and she is now a proud owner of two horses. Animals are her passion and she now wishes to turn her hobby into a career. She thoroughly enjoys teaching young children how to ride and making riding fun and an enjoyable sport. Tori is also looking forward to progress her teaching up to the higher levels through Contessa’s instructor training. “I wish to share my enthusiasm for horses and teach our clients how to ride, care and love our horses.” Tori is working towards her BHS exams during her time at Contessa and would like to work towards being part of a management team one day. As well as her passion for horses she has a love for our canine friends. Tori is a qualified Canine Hydrotherapist and she hopes to one day combine her two passions to work with both horses and dogs in the future.

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Saffron Bradshaw

Saffron is currently one of two lucky apprentices at Contessa. She has been wanting to work in the Equestrian industry since a very young age. Having worked in different livery yards and stables in Hertfordshire in the past she is now working towards her BHS exams. Saffron was originally taught how to ride at Contessa when she was only 7 years old and ever since her passion for horses has only grown.  Saffron is particular good with our younger riders as she is very empathetic and patient and the kids love her.

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Lucy Turner

“I’m Lucy Turner. I’m 18 years old and have been riding since I can remember. I have competed a number of horses but mainly Dressage on my German riding pony and that is where my love for Dressage started. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and nothing makes me happier than seeing my clients smile and achieve their goals. I am patient with young children and believe that everyone should be treated individually and teaching should be adapted to suit the individuals needs. I can teach a variety of levels and I hope my enthusiasm comes across when I teach! I have worked at Contessa for a number of months now and over this time I have fallen in love with the horse Saffy. She is a very clever and bright horse horse and shows me why I am doing this because she makes me smile every day. I would hope that over my time teaching I can share this love, passion and enthusiasm with someone else and hope that I can be a good role model for the younger riders.”

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