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

John Bowen, Dressage
BE and BD accredited international trainer

John has been training riders at Contessa on and off for 20 years in dressage and show jumping. He has gives lectures and demonstrations at the Centre. He trains riders in all disciplines from grass roots to international level. John has helped Tina with her horses on different occasions.

John has trained Jeanette Brakewell for the last 11 years, the rider of Over to You and one of Team GB – our Olympic team. He is also Irish National Eventing Team Coach for Young Riders and Juniors – training individual gold and silver medallists.

He has competed to Grand Prix in dressage and evented internationally. John takes clinics at Contessa every two months where riders can enjoy his charm and wit while working hard on correct methods of training. A word of warning to all riders: just don’t click to your horse.


John Bowen, Dressage