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

Derek Williams, Western
UKCC Level II Western Coach

Barrel Racing Champion, trainer and all round horse expert.

Derek is a UKCC Level II Western Coach and has many Western Riding titles to his name including being a Barrel Racing Champion & Working Cow horse champion! Derek is an affiliated Western Judge for Western Horseman’s Association Senior Judge including Cattle work.

He has been trained in both English and Western. Derek has more than 30 years of experience with horses. Derek currently trains, competes, and rides both in English and Western including backing and schooling horses with problems or youngsters. Derek also uses his methods to train all riders and in all disciplines.

Derek currently rides his own Paint Stallion Boysie who he has had from a weanling and Derek is hoping his 2yr old Quarter Horse Colt Harry will follow in Boysie’s Hoof-prints.

Derek holds regular sessions here at Contessa on a range of horses at our popular Equine Communication sessions on the first Saturday of every month.


Derek Williams, Western