Thurleigh Equestrian Centre is also home to our riding school, offering riding lessons to riders aged 16 years old and over on one of our lovely school horses, each matched to your individual riding style and preferences.
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Thurleigh Equestrian Centre offer riding lessons to riders aged 16 years old and over on a range of lovely dressage school horses:

  • Aragon is our delightful 15hh PRE Andalusian gelding. He is an excellent confidence-building dressage school-master

  • Elgar is our experienced 16.2hh Oldenburg school master gelding

  • Rafa is our confidence-inspiring 16.1hh PRE Andalusian gelding

  • For the more experienced rider, we have Felix, a forward and energetic 16.hh Belgium gelding, and Jack, our 16.1hh Grey Andalusian Advanced dressage school master stallion

Of course if you have your own horse that you’d like to use, you are very welcome. As all our lessons are one to one, we can cater to your specific requirements, for example, getting back into riding, building confidence, riding to improve your fitness or simply riding for fun.


Beth Maloney (BHSAI & BHSInt SM, MBA), has a wealth of experience in teaching and coaching, she holds NLP Calm Coaching Diploma qualification, trained with Olympic rider Jennie Loriston Clarke and has competed in show jumping, eventing and dressage competitions. Beth has worked as a director at the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and has an extensive experience of working with a wide variety of horses and riders up to Advanced level. Beth enjoys teaching those overcoming specific riding issues and challenges.

Rebecca Pocock (BHSAI) is our other popular weekend trainer, and has extensive experience in coaching and teaching people who are returning to riding and are looking to build their confidence and improve their riding skills.

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◦ A friendly, welcoming environment
◦ 1 to 1 and/or small group lessons
◦ British Horse Society (BHS) Approved Facilities
◦ Choice of a western or English saddle
◦ Training provided by BHS qualified professional instructors
◦ Excellent BHS ‘Highly Commended’ facilities, including:
20x40m indoor arena with mirrors, music facilities, videoing & live feedback/playback tuition
20x60m outdoor arena
Small round pen arena
◦ Use of the club-house, with tea, coffee and a changing room area


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New to Thurleigh Introduction Package: We are offering a discount on the following package:

½ hour Intro lesson and Assessment, ½ hour arena lesson, ½ hour lesson with video review session (Normally £119.00 - Special Offer Price £99.00)


We do require you to book all lessons in advance to ensure the horse is available at the time you wish to ride.
Payment is due when booking the lesson. 36 hours notice is required for all cancellations otherwise the full charge will be made. Riding is a high risk sport and while we take great care to minimise the risk, we do advise all riders to ensure they have adequate accident insurance when riding. A number of companies offer this includes The British Horse Society who provide insurance cover as part of their Gold Membership for horse riders.

If you are interested in finding out more or booking any lessons please call us on 01234 771882. We look forward to helping you achieve your ambition and fulfil your passion for horses.

If you would like to come and ride at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre please contact us to arrange a 30 minute introductory lesson and rider assessment. This will allow us to discuss your specific requirements and understand more about your riding ability and aims.

It will save time if you can download and complete the New Rider Registration Form and bring it with you.

We can provide a riding hat and body protector for your first few lessons if needed. These can be borrowed from the centre, at no extra charge. All our hats are the latest European safety standard, PAS 015, which exceeds the new British safety standard and is the highest standard available.


We do not require our riders to wear breeches or jodhpurs. If selecting to ride in the Western Saddle you can wear jeans. If you prefer to ride in the English saddle you should wear long comfortable trousers, e.g. leggings or jogging bottoms, a top that covers your shoulders and a shoe/boot with a smooth sole and small heel.

  • Caterpillar boots are often too chunky and jeans can rub on the seams in all the wrong places!
    • Trainers are
    not acceptable footwear and we cannot allow anyone to ride in this type of footwear (as your foot could easily become wedged in the stirrup).
    • Long hair should be tied into a low pony tail to keep it out of your eyes and riders should remove any jewellery, especially earrings as these can get caught.

It is also advisable to wear gloves if riding during the winter months, as your hands can get cold.