Horse Riding Lessons in West Sussex
INNOVATIVE NEW TIERED TRAINING SYSTEM
At Classical Riding Academy, the innovation of our core lesson structure was inspired by the acclaimed scales of horse training at The Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The pathway, from ‘Remontenschule’ (Forward School) through ‘Campagneschule’ (Campagne School) to ‘Haute Ecole’ (High School) details the progression of young horses to advanced horses. We have drawn parallels when considering the journey of the rider from their first time in the saddle up to and beyond the moment when an independent seat has been achieved and one can enjoy all that may be accomplished with this skill. Living up to our Academy aims, the lessons are naturally progressive in complexity and all rooted in the tradition of classical riding.
45-minute session | from £60
All new clients will need to visit us for an Introduction Lesson. This 'taster session' is limited to one per client, and lets us assess your ability in the saddle to help create an individual riding plan that meets your needs. It also offers the ideal chance to meet our horses and staff, as well as exploring the many state-of-the-art facilities on site.
Six lesson course | from £68 per lesson
The six week Forward School course is the keystone to attaining balance and rider fitness in the saddle, starting on the lunge and working towards the ability to ride independently in a controlled and safe environment. This is the ideal lesson if
you are embarking on your riding journey, returning to the saddle after a break
or if you have never been trained in classical equestrian principles.
45-minute session | from £78
As you progress through the Campagne School, we will mentor you towards accurate execution of turns and circles, collection and impulsion. As your knowledge and skills evolve under the tuition of our instructors, and in the patient hooves of our horses, your ridden work will extend to incorporate lateral work and preparation for High School.
45-minute session | from £98
With unparalleled guidance from our experienced instructing team, who have a collective 150 years of Classical Riding experience under their belts, coupled with magnificent Iberian horses trained in advanced movements such as piaffe, passage, flying lead changes and even Spanish walk, there are no shortage of skills to hone for the ambitious rider.
45-minute session | from £68
A wide range of different skills are taught in these lessons, depending on your specific needs and preferences. From lunging and long-reining to liberty work and equine behaviour, we can cover all aspects of horsemanship in inspirational surroundings. In-Hand & Liberty sessions can be arranged on a 1-2-1 basis or as part of a wider group.
RIDER PERFORMANCE WORK
45-minute session | from £140
Held within our new Rider Performance Centre and featuring access to the latest biomechanics equipment, this session seeks to improve and correct poor rider alignment. You will be in the expert hands of our in-house instructors, Natasha Olivant and Sarah Campbell, who both have a wealth of knowledge in successfully developing a beneficial riding position.
45-minute session | from £50
Should you wish to book an expert instructor from the Classical Riding Academy for a lesson on your own horse (or pony), we would be delighted to accommodate you. Take advantage of our excellent facilities to develop your riding ability in inspirational surroundings. We have overnight stabling for all horses with up-to-date vaccinations.
A gift voucher to spend at the Classical Riding Academy represents the perfect present for a loved one, offering maximum flexibility to recipients. With a 12-month redemption period from the purchase date, they will have ample time to select and book their preferred type of lesson with us. Vouchers are available to a value of your choice.
We are located three miles north-east of Chichester, 30 miles from both Brighton and Southampton, and an hour’s drive from the M25 (J10).
Our booking system includes a rider registration step and the first lesson available to new registrants is an Introduction Lesson. These are mandatory requirements and also allow us to ensure you get the most out of your time in the saddle. Please note that as per our booking conditions we are unable to give refunds.
All riders must bring their own hats.
If you cancel within 48 hours or fail to turn up for any reason, your payment will not be refunded.
Lessons and other sessions cancelled with more than 48 hours' notice will be rescheduled to a date within six months of the original appointment.
Riding is an all-weather pursuit and goes ahead even in inclement conditions.