What will my initial assessment entail?
All riders will have an initial riding assessment which you will need to bring your filled out ‘Rider Registration Form’ to. This is nothing to worry about, it allows us to familiarise you with correct health and safety procedures around a working equestrian environment, as well as learning about your riding history and seeing your current riding level. This information will serve to help us formulate a plan of how to structure your riding development moving forward.
What equipment will I need?
All riders must wear approved riding hats. It is useful to have jodhpurs and riding boots, but not essential, especially when you are just starting out. The important thing is to wear trousers that are not tight or restrictive in any way and that do not have a seam on the inside of the leg. Gloves are very useful and boots should be sturdy and have a small heel. Wellies are not suitable.
Please note: We do not provide hats and recommend that you have one professionally fitted.
There are several shops in the area who offer a fitting service:
Stockley Trading 10 North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DJ. 01730 814779
Oldwick Saddlery West Stoke Road Lavant Chichester PO18 9AA 01243 527415
Do lessons proceed in bad weather?
Yes! Riding is an all weather sport and so it is a good idea to invest in some warm and/or waterproof clothing. However, we are lucky to have an indoor school and therefore lessons will always be going ahead as planned.
Is there a weight limit for riding at 'The Classical Riding Academy'?
Yes, 13 stone is the maximum weight of rider we can accommodate due to they type of horses we use.
Can I have a group lesson?
Unless there are several of you all wishing to book a lesson together, currently it is only possible to book private lessons, but group lessons will become available over the coming months so keep up to date with our website for more information on that.
I would just like to hack out rather than have lessons, is this possible?
Yes, this is possible subject to your level of competency. You would need to come for your initial assessment and then based on that we would be able to determine whether you would be at a standard to go straight out hacking or whether you would need to familiarise yourself with our horses over subsequent private lessons beforehand.
The reason for this is that we are using Spanish Schoolmaster horses because of their wonderful, natural propensity for Classical Dressage, but this means that they are more sensitive than general trekking horses and therefore a greater degree of competency is required to take them out.
Where do I park when I arrive?
The parking at Molecomb Stud for those coming for lessons is next to the office parallel to the right hand entrance gate.
If it is very full please use the overflow area next to the muck trailer.
Please do not park parallel with the houses as this is reserved for residents.
If coming for clinics or events the front gates will be shut and parking will be via the back gates which are a little bit further on on the left. Please see directions for more details.
Can I walk my dog from the stables?
We have a resident Collie Dog ‘Lili’ and therefore ask guests to keep their dogs in their cars at all times. There are plenty of really beautiful local areas with car parks and within a very short driving distance to walk dogs.
If I am ill or cannot make my lesson, do I get a refund?
We have a cancellation policy which is explained in our Terms & Conditions.