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Thurleigh Equestrian Centre is home to our specialist dressage riding school.  We offer one to one coaching in flatwork and dressage training to riders aged 18 years old and over and with existing riding experience on one of our lovely Spanish and warmblood dressage school horses.  

Our ethos is about developing an understanding and appreciation of how the horse works and build harmony between horse and rider.  We coach our riders to understand how their body, balance and aids influence the horse and help them to develop their understanding of riding technique and build the skills they need to enable them to work in balance and harmony with the horse.

Our training focuses on how the rider influences the horse through their aids and seat and we help you to ride in balance and harmony with the horse.  We take time to match you to the right horse to fit your individual riding style and preferences.   

Every horse and rider is unique, and the team at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre aim to be open, approachable and welcoming, providing an environment that gets the most out of you and your horse.

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, compete or simply riding for enjoyment.


Thurleigh Equestrian Centre offer riding lessons on a range of lovely dressage school horses:

  • Aragon is our delightful 15hh PRE Andalusian gelding. He is an excellent dressage school-master working at medium level dressage.

  • Felix is our confidence-building 16.1hh Belgium warm-blood gelding working at Elementary level dressage, he loves his polework too.

  • Rafa is our 16.1hh PRE Andalusian school master gelding

For the more experienced rider, we have Jack, our 16hh Grey Andalusian Advanced dressage school master stallion and Tally, our 16.2hh German warmblood gelding who is also working at advanced medium level and is great for teaching flying changes and lateral work.

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.


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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. has an extensive experience of working with a wide variety of horses and riders up to Advanced level. Beth also enjoys teaching those overcoming specific riding issues and challenges and teaching people who are returning to riding and are looking to build their confidence.

Katie-Ann Parton is our other popular coach.  Katie has experience in coaching on the flat, side saddle and in jumping.  She enjoys helping riders develop and improve their riding skills.


◦ A friendly, welcoming environment
◦ 1 to 1 and/or small group lessons
◦ 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

RIDING SCHOOL PRICES: Price on application.

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.

To view our riding school terms and conditions, please click here.

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


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.