FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to be an experienced rider?
No. We offer lessons for all abilities, ranging from complete beginners right up to competitive riders – and everything else in between.
What will happen in my initial assessment?
All riders must have an initial riding assessment, to which you need to bring your completed ‘Rider Registration Form’. In addition to discovering your current riding level and competency in the saddle, it also allows us to familiarise you with correct health and safety procedures around our working equestrian environment – especially important if you’re a beginner. The information that we gather on your assessment will help us put together an appropriate, structured plan for your riding development.
What will I need to bring with me?
It is imperative that all riders wear approved riding hats*. Jodhpurs and riding boots are useful, especially when you are just starting out, although they are not essential. Trousers must not be tight or restrictive in any way, and should not have a seam on the inside of the leg. Gloves can really help, and boots should be sturdy with a small heel. We regret that wellington boots are unsuitable.
*Please note: We do not provide hats and recommend that you have one professionally fitted.
There are several shops in the area that offer a hat-fitting service, including:
Stockley Trading, 10 North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DJ.
Telephone: 01730 814779
Oldwick Saddlery, West Stoke Road, Lavant, Chichester PO18 9AA.
Telephone: 01243 527415
Do lessons go ahead in bad weather?
Absolutely. As riding is an all-weather sport, it’s a good idea to invest in some warm and / or waterproof clothing. We are lucky to have an indoor school, therefore lessons will always go ahead as planned.
Is there a weight limit for riding at 'The Classical Riding Academy'?
Yes. Due to the types of horse that we use, the maximum weight of rider we can accommodate is 13 stone (82.5kg).
Are group lessons available?
Currently it is only possible to book private, individual lessons. We are looking at introducing group lessons over the coming months – our website and social media pages will be updated when we have more information on this.
Am I able to hack out rather than having lessons?
Yes, this is possible – subject to your level of competency, and you would still need to attend an initial assessment to determine the standard you are currently at. Often, we are happy for you to go straight out hacking however, in some instances, you would need to familiarise yourself with our horses over subsequent private lesson(s) before being able to do so. As we are using Spanish Schoolmaster horses (possessing a wonderful, natural propensity for Classical Dressage), they are more sensitive than general trekking horses, and we therefore require a greater degree of competency for you to take them out.
Is there parking on site?
Yes, we have a sizeable space for parking directly on our premises. Please enter our car park through the large white gate.
Can I walk my dog(s) from the stables?
Since we have two resident Collie Dogs – ‘Lili’ and ‘Betty’, guests are kindly requested to keep their dogs in vehicles at all times. The surrounding area includes a number of beautiful places to walk your dogs – most with large car parks.
If I am ill, or cannot make my lesson, will I get a refund?
All bookings made with the Classical Riding Academy are subject to our Cancellation Policy, which is explained in our Terms & Conditions.