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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.

Please note that we do NOT teach children or anyone below the age of 16 years old.

What will happen in my initial assessment?

​All riders must have an initial riding assessment, this allows us to discover 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 which we do not provide. Jodhpurs and riding boots with a heel are also required, although gym ware is fine for the mechanical horse lesson, where a hat is not required.


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 type and size of horses that we use, the maximum weight of rider we can accommodate is 11 st (70kg) in full riding attire including hat and boots.

Please do not be offended when we ask that you be weighed in hat and boots before you ride and we would ask that you ensure you meet this criteria before booking as refunds cannot be given if you arrive and are above the weight limit.


Am I able to hack out rather than having lessons?

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer hacking.


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.

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