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Meet Our Horses


All our horses at the Classical Riding Academy have been handpicked to ensure that we maintain our incredibly high standards. When combined with the collective expertise of our hugely talented instructors, it has helped us establish a reputation for offering the finest quality tuition. To promote responsible horse welfare, each of our horses only works a maximum of 1.5 hours per day across a five-day week, with plenty of field time to keep them both engaged and fresh. 


(aka ‘SCRUFFY’)

This stunning 15.3hh Carthusian Pure bred Spanish gelding previously worked as a principle actor's horse in the film industry. With a big heart and indomitable spirit, 'Scruffy' first proved his metal in front of the camera and now continues to delight in a different capacity.

He is an advanced horse, with established lateral work, passage, Spanish trot and piaffe. He is also safe, endlessly patient and good at helping people with confidence issues.


(aka ‘HAMMIE’)

Also, formerly a man of the silver screen - Hampton is our biggest steed, standing at 16.3hh.

This jet black PRE x Knabstrupper certainly takes after his famous father Dibujado in looks and temperament, with fantastic smooth paces and an aptitude for learning. 

Hammie is perfect for taller riders and is a gentle giant. As with all of our horses he is a skilled schoolmaster with a dreamy canter.

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(aka ‘PERFECTO’)

This stunning, Carthusian PRE gelding was imported by The Classical Riding Academy from Spain in 2021.

Perfecto has been slowly and gently produced 'in-house' for a superb riding experience that exemplifies the results of our 'horse centric' riding and training ethos.

We are very excited about his future as an up and coming Haute école horse and is a débutante of the 2024 CRA season!

(aka ‘CECIL’)

Espartel radiates dignity. He is a Carthusian bred PRE stallion, acquired from the prestigious Giffords Circus in 2019.

He starred in the circus tour Xanadu and was ridden by Nell Gifford, proving to be a showbizz professional through and through.

He is a Haute école trained horse and he exudes class, offering higher level riders the opportunity to experience passage and piaffe.

In his spare time he is ridden bridle-less and has just completed 105 miles in five days riding The South Downs Way.

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The Schoolmasters of CRA

The Horses at rest and Play

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