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Horse Riding Lessons in West Sussex


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 and ethical riding.

Please note: We operate an online only booking system.
All of our lesson availability is visible online by clicking on the 'book now' buttons.

All bookings are available to riders over 16 years old

Your riding journey begins here...



​45-minute session | £65

This is the first step to starting your riding journey at Classical Riding Academy, or indeed for anyone seriously invested in improving their riding and understanding the influence a rider's position has on a horse.

A session on our Racewood Dressage Simulator which is surrounded by mirrors is often a complete eye opener for most riders and that is why it is a requirement for all new clients. During this session you will be given exercises to improve your posture and symmetry in the saddle, whilst discussing any mental or physical obstacles such as previous accidents that might have an affect on rider confidence in the saddle.

This session is not designed for beginners, but is tailored to the individual - whatever your previous experience. We have coached every level from Grand Prix riders, BHS Fellows to complete novices.  Riders are surprised by how much of a work out it is and how beneficial it is understanding the technical aspects of riding and horse psychology, which are all woven into the session.

More often than not, riders choose to have a few of these before they opt to get on a 'live' horse as it is so invaluable in honing technique and fitness for riders of ALL levels



​45-minute session | £135

Having had an off horse assessment on Duke, (or several depending on your level of fitness, previous experience and or your confidence) your next step will be to have a lesson on a live horse, which will commence on the lunge. 

During this session we will work on all of the positional concepts we explored on the simulator, enhanced by the feedback the horse gives us when we become easier to carry by being responsible for our own body weight, thus enabling his better movement and performance.

From this point your riding journey continues at your own personal speed according to improving levels of fitness and technique. 



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. 



​45-minute session with 15-minute pre and post analysis| £65

Available either onsit at CRA or at your own stables,  Natasha Olivant is available on a fully insured, freelance basis for ridden or in hand lesson on your own horse (or pony).

Areas covered: Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire

A travel surcharge is payable at £0.70 per mile

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45-minute session | £90


We specialise in training 'in-hand' work and we enjoy passing these skills onto other aspiring horse enthusiasts.

All of our groundwork is founded on the innate behaviour of horses and its application to training.

Using these principles we can offer lessons in Natural Horsemanship, Liberty Work and Classical Long Reining.





​Molecomb Stud, New Barn Hill, Goodwood, West Sussex PO18 0QD


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 a Mechanical Horse Lesson.

This is a mandatory requirement before you are able to ride one of our live horses and also allows 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. 

Your lesson may take place indoors or outdoors.

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