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 two hours per day across a five-day week, with plenty of field time to keep them both engaged and fresh. 

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(aka ‘CECIL’)

A magnificent 12-year-old Grey, Espartel radiates charm and dignity, with an incredibly gentle nature – ideal for beginners and experienced riders alike. Standing just under 16hh, this Carthusian-bred stallion was acquired from Giffords Circus and has appeared in several circus tours, as well as being the star of some exclusive photoshoots. 

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(aka ‘BERI’)

‘Beri’ is a highly skilled Garrocha horse with a calm, patient demeanour. A 22-year-old bay PRE stallion from a very old bloodline, his quality and temperament instantly shine through when you first meet him. He’s perfectly at home with novices on board, or undertaking high school work for more proficient riders. 

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(aka ‘PERRY’)

An extremely well-trained Spanish PRE gelding, 17-year-old ‘Perry’ is on working livery with us at the Academy. Having mastered laterals, changes, canter pirouettes, the Spanish walk and Passage, his classical pedigree lends itself to a more advanced rider looking to experience and develop high school moves. 

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(aka ‘PEDRO’)

This handsome fleabitten grey is our resident daredevil, having previously worked as a stunt horse for a jousting company. Despite being one of our tallest horses, he has a very gentle disposition, which helped him seamlessly integrate with his new equine friends here. Pedro’s passion nowadays is perfecting his dressage skills. 

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(aka ‘STORM’)

This striking 19-year-old black PRE gelding has been wowing riders here with his considerable repertoire of skills for over six years. A vastly experienced horse, ‘Storm’ is capable of excellent lateral work, and also performs flying changes, the Spanish walk and the Spanish trot – he can even be ridden side saddle. 

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(aka ‘LEGGY’)

Bred by our very own CRA Founder, Natasha Olivant, ‘Leggy’ exhibits a safe and steady persona that puts beginners at ease, whilst bringing out the best in more proficient riders. Instantly recognisable, this stunning 7-year-old iron grey PRE gelding is an experienced liberty horse, and we often choose him for In-Hand & Liberty Lessons. 

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(aka ‘GARRY’)

Five-year-old ‘Garry’ is the youngest of our horses at the Academy, and he’s quickly establishing himself as a very adept performer in his Classical training. Another of our geldings to be bred by Natasha Olivant, his unflustered, composed character will stand him in good stead for when he becomes available for lessons. 

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(aka ‘CHARLIE’)

Proudly owned by the Walker family, this impressive 12-year-old Connemara gelding is on working livery at the Classical Riding Academy. One of our smaller horses at 15hh, ‘Charlie’ excels in all disciplines and has quickly settled into life with us since joining in June 2020. A very competent all-rounder. 

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At over 16hh, our 12-year-old ‘Black Pearl’ is a gentle giant, who is especially suited to nervous riders as he can instill a real sense of confidence in them. Extremely dependable and loving, he’s happiest when out hacking on the Downs, and perfecting his schooling. This Baroque ‘Friesian’ gelding is definitely one of our most popular residents. 

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(aka ‘CEDRIC’)

A much-admired Irish Connemara, ‘Cedric’ is a handsome grey gelding, standing at 15hh. In addition to being hugely respected by riders, this 17-year-old’s popularity extends to his peers at the Academy, with whom he enjoys an excellent relationship. Composed and capable, Cedric shines across the board with great skill and grace. 

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(aka ‘ARTY’)

Very steady and reliable, 16-year-old ‘Arty’ was purchased by Lucie Richardson from CRA Founder, Natasha Olivant, back in 2008 – he has since been reunited with his former owner and is enjoying life in working livery. A stunning Connemara gelding, he is comfortable with both beginners and experienced riders. 

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Our longest-serving resident at the Classical Riding Academy, Carlito celebrated his 15th anniversary with us in 2020. Incredibly patient, kind and gentle, this 13.2hh pony simply adores the company of children, and provides a reassuringly safe riding experience. We are very fortunate to have him within our yard at Molecomb Stud.