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Wellington Riding is a British Horse Society Approved School with BHS trained and qualified staff. We have the horses, ponies, instructors and facilities to suit the needs of every rider – from absolute beginners to aspiring competition riders with their own horse.

We teach children from the age of 5. There is no upper age limit, but please note our upper weight limit is 14st.

Beginner riders (both adults and children) start off with half-hour private lessons while they get to grips with the basics and build their riding confidence.

Once riding independently off the lead rein (usually after 4-6 half-hour lessons) your instructor will recommend a suitable group.

We offer tuition every day except Sundays & Mondays.

Bookings may be made in person, via email or by telephone every day. We will take your height, weight, experience and contact details and require payment at the time of booking.

Childrens Lessons

Child Beginners

Children can start riding at Wellington Riding from 5 years old. They start with half hour one-to-one sessions to help build their confidence and learn the basics. Once they are fairly confident on their ponies they are ready to join a one hour group lesson. This is normally after 4-6 half hour sessions. The first group is Falabella, this is an hours group and the children may be led. Once into a group lesson they will progress up the levels of groups as they improve. The group lessons are regularly assessed to ensure that the children are in the correct group for their standard of riding.

Child Riders

Children who can already ride can start at Wellington Riding with a half hour one-to-one assessment lesson. From the lesson your instructor will recommend what level of group lesson will be most suitable for you or if you need a few more one-to-ones before joining a group.

Our group lessons are after school during the week and on Saturdays. An assessment lesson can be booked at most times through the week and Saturdays depending on availability. Once you have joined a group lesson you will be regularly assessed to see if you are ready to move up a level.

The group lessons progress as follows:

  1. Falabella
  2. Shetland
  3. Exmoor
  4. New Forest
  5. Welsh
  6. Connemara
  7. Fell
  8. Highland

Junior Lessons Timetable

Day Time Group Coach
Thursday 5.00pm Exmoor / New Forest Sarah
6.00pm Welsh / Conn / Fell Sarah
Friday 5.00pm Wellington Pony Club Dani/Harriet
Saturday 9.00am Shetland Harriet
9.00am New Forest Sofia
10.00am Exmoor Harriet
10.00am Connemara Roland
11.00am Exmoor Sarah
11.00am Welsh Harriet
12.00pm Falabella Harriet
2.00pm Connemara Harriet
2.00pm Shetland Sofia
2.00pm New Forest Sarah
3.00pm Exmoor Sofia
3.00pm Fell  Harriet
4.00pm Welsh Sarah
4.00pm Highland Dani
Sunday Competition Day or Owner/Rider Lessons & Clinics only

If you would like to make a booking, see terms and conditions, or have any queries regarding childrens lessons, please do not hesitate to ask.

Adult Lessons

Adult Beginners

For adults who wish to get into the saddle for the first time there is no age limit!

We start you off with half hour one-to-one sessions to gain confidence and learn the basics. Once you are cantering on your own you can join a beginner group lesson. Once you are in a group lesson you will be continually assessed by your Instructor who will let you know when you are ready to move up. Half hour one-to-one sessions can be booked at any time through the week and at weekends depending on availability. Group lessons are on Saturdays and weekday evenings (see timetable).

Adult Riders

We have a wide range of horses and instructors to suit adult riders at all levels. Whether you are looking to join a regular group or enjoy some more intensive private instruction we would be delighted to arrange something for you. On your first visit to us we like to assess you in a half-hour one-to-one session and discuss with you what type of lessons you are looking for. We can then recommend a suitable group lesson for you or arrange more private sessions.

Adult group lessons are graded as Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. These lessons take place on Saturdays and during the week in the evenings. Please see our timetable for more details.

Adult Lessons Timetable

Day Time Group Coach
Tuesday Riding Club Clinics Dani
Wednesday 7.00pm Beginner (F/J) Fliss
8.00pm Intermediate/ Advanced Fliss
Thursday 6.00pm Novice (F/J) Roland
7.00pm Intermediate (F/J) Roland
8.00pm Advanced  (F/J) Harriet
Friday 7pm Wellington Saddle Club Mandy & Fliss 
Saturday 9am Intermediate (F/J) Dani
10am Novice (F/J) Sofia
11am Advanced (F/J) Mandy 
3pm Advanced (Flat only) Roland
Sunday Owner/Rider Lessons/Clincs & Competitions

Most Coaches are off for 1 weekend in 4, the group lessons will be covered by an alternative.

Wellington Riding reserve the right to change a Coach if necessary.

Riding For The Disabled

At Wellington Riding we host a group for the RDA. Groups are organised through our local RDA co-ordinators. The session runs on Thursday morning at 10am.

If you would be interested in helping please call Trish Willits on 01256 397637

To find out more about RDA please visit:

Wellington Riding Membership

Wellington Riding runs a membership scheme, with two packages enabling members to take advantage of a variety of benefits, depending on the package chosen. The two packages are Full Membership & Club Membership.

For full details of the packages & to join please visit our online membership page Membership is renewable annually on the date of purchase.

Benefits include:

Prices 2017


Full Membership

Club Membership

Family Membership

Wellington Riding Price List 2017

Wellington Riding Tuition Fees - Effective from 1st January 2017

Tuition Prices Children 5 – 15 years Adults
Assessment/ Non Members Members 10% discount Assessment/ Non Members Members 10% discount
Single ½ hour private beginner lesson or 1 hour group lesson £38.00 £34.20 £54.00 £48.60
4 x ½ hour private beginner lessons or 1 hour group lessons
£136.80 £123.12 £194.40 £174.96
Ten week Block Group lessons only
£304.00 £273.60 £432.00 £388.80
45 Minute Sessions Private Semi-Private Lesson
/ Non Members
10% discount
/ Non Members
10% discount
Coach £69.00 £62.10 £63.00 £56.70
Coach Set of 4 lessons
(see T&C for transfer rules)
£248.40 £223.56 £226.80 £204.12
Senior Coach £79.00 £71.10 £66.00 £59.40
Senior Coach Set of 4 lessons
(see T&C for transfer rules)
£284.40 £255.96 £237.60 £213.84

Tuition Terms and Conditions

– amendments effective from 1st January 2017

Lessons may be purchased at the above prices and are subject to the following booking conditions:-

  • Singles – once booked, these may be transferred to an alternative date provided that notice is given by noon on the previous day. If appropriate notice is not given, cancellation will occur without transfer. N.B. These bookings may not be transferred more than once.
  • Sets of 4
    • Group Lessons - these are available at a reduced rate but all must be booked in at the same time. These sessions are strictly non-transferable once booked.
    • Private/Semi-Privates – these are available at a reduced rate. They do not need to be booked in at the same time but are strictly non-transferrable once booked.
  • 10 Week Term - blocks of 10 group lessons are available at a further reduced rate. These blocks start at set dates 5 times a year. These sessions are strictly non-transferable once booked.
  • Payment must be made in full at time of booking for all lessons. Refunds are not given.
  • Bookings may be made by telephone, email or in person daily between 9.00am & 5.00pm. Email bookings may be made for group lessons and ‘templated’ private/semi private lessons, but only for existing registered clients with available credit. An email reply must be received as confirmation of any email booking.
  • ‘Templated’ lessons must be booked with the office at least one week in advance or will become available to other clients and an alternative slot cannot be guaranteed.
  • Bookings for lessons close at noon on the day before the lesson. We do hold a waiting list for lessons and will endeavour to contact those on a waiting list should any cancellations occur.
  • If any rider ceases to ride at Wellington Riding, any lessons purchased but not booked in will be held for a period of 6 months after which time they will be deemed invalid. Lessons may be transferred to another rider within this time if the lesson holder or parent/guardian gives notice in writing.
  • Wellington Riding reserves the right to make changes to lessons or coaches if necessary, including cancellations at short notice. In every circumstance we will endeavour to notify clients of such changes.
  • Riders on their own horse receive a 20% discount on group and private tuition.

Important Hat Updates For 2016

Due to a change by the European Commission regarding EN1384 and BSEN1384 no longer being an accepted standard, all hats which ONLY meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384, with or without a kitemark, and do not comply with another standard from the below list, WILL NOT be permitted for use at any BHS Approved Centre.

Hats which bear EN1384 or BSEN1384 ALONG WITH another standard from the below list, will be permitted. For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.

The current BHS-recognised standards are:

  • PAS015:( 1998 or 2011) with BSI kitemark
  • VG1 01.0404: (2014 -12) with BSI kitemark
  • ASTM F1163:(2004a or 04a onwards) with SEI mark,
  • SNELL E2001: with Official SNELL label and number
  • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards) with SAI Global Mark

Hats should also ideally be Kitemarked. The Kitemark is a quality assurance mark and is the registered trademark of the British Standards Institute (BSI). It can only be affixed to products certified by them.