Lessons & Activities

LESSONS

Greatham Equestrian Centre is a fully licenced and insured riding school with British Horse Society trained and qualified staff. We have horses, ponies, instructors and facilities to suit the needs of every rider – from absolute beginner to aspiring competition riders with their own horse/pony. We teach children from the age of 4. There is no upper age limit, but please note our upper weight limit is 15 stone. Bookings may be made in person any time, or by telephone every day. We will take your height, weight, experience and contact details. Please note we currently only accept payment by cheque or cash.

Our May Half Term Holiday 2018 Schedule is now available.  Please click here to download.

Some of our events have to be booked and paid for in advance.  Please click here to download our Booking Form.

To download our Sharers Holiday Activity Form for the May Half Term Holiday 2018, please click here.

Gift vouchers are now available from the office.

To download our weekend timetable please click here.

Riding school price list (from 1st March 2017)

Group Lessons Adult Child
Flat Work Lesson (1 hour) £27.50 £25.00
Show Jumping Lesson (1 hour) £32.50 £30.00
Cross Country Lesson (1 hour, 6 max) £37.50 £35.00
Children or complete beginners (30 mins) n/a £18.00
Semi-Private Lessons (45 minutes, 2 riders)  Adult Child
Flat work £37.50 £35.00
Show Jumping £47.50 £45.00
Cross Country £52.50 £50.00
 Private Lessons (45 minutes)  Adult  Child
Flat Work £47.50 £45.00
Show Jumping £57.50 £55.00
Cross Country £67.50 £65.00
Hacking Adult Child
Group Hack (1 hour, 5+ riders) £25.00 £25.00
Group Hack (1 hour, 3 or 4 riders) £30.00 £30.00
Semi-Private Hack (1 hour, 2 riders) £35.00 £35.00
Private Hack (45 minutes) £45.00 £45.00
 Beginner Walk Out Hack (30 mins, 8 yrs & under)   n/a  £15.00

Booking Conditions

Payment must be made before riding (not after the ride).
Please note that mounting is inclusive of the booked time.
A surcharge of £2.50 will be added to the above prices if payment is made by cheque or BACS.
If payment is made in advance and you are unable to attend the lesson we will offer you a lesson at a different date or time.  We are unable to offer refunds.
Our child’s rate is for children aged 16 years and under.
If you’ve booked a group lesson and only 3 or less riders participate the duration of the lesson will be reduced.
All riders must complete our Rider Registration Form before they ride.
Hard hats must be worn.
Body protectors are mandatory for jumping.
All riders must read our Cancellation Policy.
We offer a reduced rate for our liveries and sharers.
Special rates are available to schools, colleges and clubs. Please contact us for further details.

ACTIVITIES

Pony Days

These are very popular and run during the school holidays, on a Tuesday every week. Children aged 4 years plus can come for a day of pony filled fun where they will ride, take part in pony care theory and practical sessions and after lunch compete in pony games, bare back riding and a quiz. The groups are split (a maximum of 8 in a group) dependant on age and experience and move around the yard taking part in activities with different members of qualified staff. Test and badges are worked on during sessions of pony care for pony club members also. All children leave with a rosette and smile after a great day. Children need to bring a packed lunch. Times and prices: 10am – 12 noon – £30 for children aged 6 years and under.  10am to 2pm – £45 for children aged 7 years and above or an extended day 10am – 4pm – £60 for children aged 7 years and above.

Picnic Rides

All levels catered for. Bring a picnic which will be enjoyed during the hack.

Dressage Competitions

Our dressage starts at introduction level (walk and trot). These may be entered on your own horse or pony or your favourite riding school horse/pony. You will be given a score sheet and a rosette if placed.  (1st – 6th).

Show Jumping and Clear Round Competitions

First learn how to “walk the Course”. The fences start at 30cm (approx. 1′) and finish at the height required by entries on the day. Our courses are well built with the emphasis on good riding encouraged. School horses and ponies are available for hire at these events, but please book early to avoid disappointment. Clear round rosettes are given to all riders who complete a clear round and place rosettes on competition days. Dress code for Show Jumping and Dressage competitions is competition wear i.e. beige, white or cream jodhpurs with shirt and tie or stock.  Boots black or brown with same colour chaps. Blue, black or brown hat, silk and gloves. A tweed or black or navy jacket or a v neck jumper (black, brown, navy or green). Long hair must be in a hair net.

Pub Rides

We offer these once a month on a Sunday and are very popular with both teenagers and adults. Superb riding country which allows different routes to be taken en-route and home from The Deers Hut Pub in Liphook means a unique ride each time. We adapt our rides depending on experience levels, some are fast with plenty of cantering or some a sedate, relaxing ride with time to take in the beautiful countryside are available. Once we arrive at The Deers Hut, after approximately 1 ½ hours of riding, our horses are tied up close to the pub in the shade to specially installed tie rails. Food and drinks arrive promptly (pre ordered before departure). A large soft drink and roast beef, pork or mozzarella baguettes with chips and fresh salad are welcomed (included in the price). During good weather we dine outside on fantastic rustic benches in view of the horses or in cooler weather we are welcomed in to the warm comfortable pub. Non riders and children are very welcome to join us for lunch. A different route home also approximately 1 ½ hours makes this a superb horsey day out. £75 including soft drink and lunch. Reduced fee if on your own or shared horse/pony.

Training Days

Training for BHS exams (up to and including stage 4) are offered with experienced intermediate (BHS II) stable manager with high success pass rate. Adult horse care training sessions can be booked on request during term time. Pony Club training for tests and badges are available throughout the year. Exams and tests are held on site with Pony Club independent examiners. Please check our events page for dates.

Beach Ride

Our annual trip to Bracklesham Bay, West Wittering is always one to look forward to. Available for owners, sharers and invited riding school clients (experienced riders only). Includes transport of horses and then a fantastic ride along this beautiful stretch of beach, then fish and chips before heading home. A wonderful day out.

XC Schooling and other outings

Liveries, sharers and invited riding school clients are able to practice their learned skills away from the equestrian centre. Trips out to Fair Oak, Peake Farm, Compton, Crofton Manor and Chase Farm are arranged and transport provided. Help and guidance is on hand with our instructors there to help you with the challenges of new cross country and show jumps found in abundance at these super venues.

Pony Parties

A fantastic fun way to celebrate your loved ones special day. Parties catered for all ages including adults. The guests arrive to meet the ponies where the birthday boy or girl can pick their chosen mount. The group then ride out in adjacent woodland accompanied by a qualified member of staff. The ride is approximately 45 minutes (plus 15 minutes hat fitting and mounting). On return the birthday boy or girl is presented with a birthday rosette. No previous riding experience is necessary. £20 per rider (minimum of 4).  We require a non refundable deposit of £80 upon booking.  The Pony Party date may be changed without charge as long as over 24 hours notice is given i.e. bad weather.  Once the Pony Party is booked any additional riders must be paid for at least of 24 hours before the Pony Party.  We will provide leaders for up to 4 children, if the Pony Party has 5 or more riders it is your responsibility to provide additional leaders (no previous experience is necessary).

We offer seasonal activities such as Christmas pony rides, Easter egg hunts and Halloween fancy dress competitions. We train students working towards their BHS qualifications and P.E. GCSE. We are a Duke of Edinburgh assessment centre. We also train students working towards their Pony Club badges and tests.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Clothing Standards

Hard Hats (to current BHS requirements) and suitable footwear must be worn; footwear must have a smooth sole and a defined heel; shoes with buckles, platform or ribbed soles or high heels will not be permitted. Body protectors and own hats are mandatory for jumping and advised for hacking. High visibility tabards are mandatory when hacking. High visibility tabards are available from Greatham Equestrian Centre. Regular clients are expected to wear correct riding attire. Clients which are regularly cantering must have their own hat and correct boots.

Group Discount

Group discount is given to bone-fide schools or clubs with minimum of 6 riders.

New Clients

All new clients at Greatham Equestrian Centre are assessed in either a private lesson or suitable group lesson. They must complete a Rider Registration Form and our Code of Conduct on booking their first lesson. (All information received shall remain private and confidential).

To download our Rider Registration Form and our Code of Conduct Form, please click here.

Weather

We expect to ride in most conditions and appropriate clothing should be worn.

Weight Restriction

To maintain a high standard of horse welfare it is necessary for us to impose an upper weight restriction on riders. Our current weight limit for flatwork lessons and hacking is 15 stone/95.3 kilograms.  For jumping lessons our weight limit is 13 stone/82.5 kilograms.

Opening Times

Greatham Equestrian Centre is closed for lessons all day Monday, except for courses and holidays. We are open 364 days of the year for our liveries and sharers. We are shut on Christmas Day.

Greatham Equestrian Centre Pony Club

Please go to our Pony Club page for more information.

No Smoking

Greatham Equestrian Centre operates a No Smoking policy throughout its premises.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding is a risk sport. We make every effort to ensure the safety of our clients and their property. Clients must accept the risk of personal injury or loss for whatever reason, while attending the establishment. We recommend our riders have their own personal accident insurance.

Payment Details

For BACS payments:
Account Name:  Greatham Equestrian Centre
Sort Code: 20-31-06
Account Number: 90156442
Reference: Child’s name and date of ride

Wey Valley Evening Dressage

On Wednesday 21st June 2017, on one of the hottest days of the year, it was Crystal and Dublin’s turn to go out and compete. Crystal entered the last of the evening dressage series organised by Wey Valley Riding Club held at Highbrook Stables, nice and local! Thankfully the organisers allowed the competitors to ride […]

Chiddingford One Day Event – June 2017

On Sunday 11th June a group of six Greatham Equestrian Centre Senior Pony Club Members took part in our first One Day Event run and organised by Chiddingford Pony Club, held at Fair Oak in Rogate, Hampshire. There was plenty of preparation to be done before the event. Obviously the riders had to be of […]

Cross Country Training – April 2016

Would our annual cross country training session to Fair Oak go ahead? It was touch and go for a while but as all local equestrian establishments had reopened and after consultation with LEH we concluded it was safe to go. We had 13 very excited riders……… So we practiced our cross country jumping technic in […]