New Customers

Anna Lewis on Lottie having an assessment session with Sally

It is a British Horse Society requirement that all new clients are assessed by a qualified Instructor. This enables the Instructor to assess your riding ability in order to choose which lessons and activites, horses and ponies to offer to you. We also provide hats, boots and gloves free of charge.
A special offer is currently available for a 30minutes  private assessment lesson at £25 (adults) or £20 (under 18's).

Print this form in portrait, read, sign and bring it with you.
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Riding Lessons

Stacey Wales and Tamsin May having a semi-private lesson (with Sally) on Bertie and Sawyer

We offer lessons in both riding and stable management, for riders of all ages and abilities, either in a group (of up to 6), semi-private or private lessons. 
Lesson duration is up to you, but group lessons are normally for 1 hour; private and semi-private lessons can be for 30 or 45 minutes.
Our clients enjoy the varied curriculum we offer, and our facilities enable us to include dressage, show jumping, cross country, polo and tuition for BHS exams. We can also accommodate large groups such as schools, families, team building days or hen/stag parties.

Price for a 1 hour group lesson Adults £32 Children £23

Pony For the Day

Amy Heath and a beautifully painted 'Blue'

Come and join our Pony for the Day experience, during every school holiday, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 3pm.
The minimum age is 6 years, and no previous experience is necessary.
Cost: £40 per day
This day is a combination of structured, supervised fun and practical activity days at Cornilo Riding. Each day will include bringing the ponies in from the paddocks, grooming, tacking up, 1 hour of riding, plus pony related activities and games all in a safe and friendly environment.

What to wear:

Dress according to the weather
Strong boots or shoes (no trainers) we have plenty to loan you free of charge
Long sleeved top (to protect against cuts & scratches)
Jodphurs or track suit trousers

What to bring with you:
A packed lunch
Plenty to drink
Gloves (we have plenty to loan you)
Riding hat (we have plenty to loan you)
Please download the booking form below or contact us on 01304 380369

PFD Booking form.docx
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Riding for the Disabled Association

RDA Fundraising winner, Leah Laughlin, riding William

The Cornilo Group RDA was established in October 1981 and provides riding sessions for local children with physical, behavioural and learning difficulties. These lessons are heavily subsidised by donations and fund raising activities.


We are always glad of volunteers to help groom and lead the ponies, ' side walk' or assist with mounting and dismounting.


We also offer private lessons on other daysfor anyone with disabilties - using the RDA horses and RDA qualified instructors.

Tuition For BHS Exams

Jasmine Linington and Miss Molly finishing a grid of showjumps

Cornilo Riding is a registered 'Training Centre', and is authorised to conduct BHS Challenge Awards. You do not have to be a member of the BHS to take these tests, which are graduated in skill levels in both riding and stable management modules (you may work on either or both -  its up to you). You can train for these as part of your regular lessons or on a dedicated course.
The BHS Junior Tests  have 5 levels and are targeted at the 6-13 years age group. Once all 5 levels are achieved you will be qualified as one of our 'helpers' on the yard!
The Adult Tests have 6 levels and have a minimum age of 14 years. A BHS Registered Instructor must examine the Tests and once you have successfully achieved your final certificate (in both sections) you are granted direct access to BHS Stage 2.


Mock Stage 1 Tests

This private 2 hour session includes riding two different horses on the flat. Theoretcial questions and practical tasks, plus feedback from a Fully Qualified Instructor.

These sessions are availible Tuesday to Friday and cost £60 per person.

Please contact Marina on 01304 380369 for more details.

Pony Club

Courtney Aunger, Belle Maggs and Polly Vurley showing off their awards

Cornilo Riding became a Pony Club Centre in August 2015. Here are the first members to receive their badges. Children who join the Pony Club at Cornilo Riding benefit from discounted activities plus access to a wide range of learning opportunities such as country lore, nature knowledge and pet care. (Membership for Pony Club is £30 per year). 

Pony Clubbers need to keep an eye on the noticeboard in the office - we have rallies and outings running during each of the school holidays!

Pony Parties

Courtney Aunger and Shey

For a birthday to remember, why not arrange to bring your friends to the stables? We can accommodate complete beginners or riders with some experience or a mixed ability group. Hats and boots can be provided. Bring your own party picnic - we offer the gazebo in sunny weather and indoor table and benches for 8, with a fridge, freezer and worktop with microwave and kettle. There are toilet and hand washing facilties. Choose a theme for your party - Cowboys & Indians, Prince & Princesses, Highwaymen, Jousting - or an idea of your own! It is also possible to combine your pony party with a swim sessions at Sutton Vale Country Club and have your party food there, or get them to provide your picnic.  The usual format is for the party goers to meet the ponies, prepare them to ride, ride for an hour, un-tack, wash hands and enjoy the party food (it has been known for one pony in particular to come and join in....).  Current price (as at 4/11/15 is hire 2 ponies @ £20, then up to 4 more @ £18.
Please click here to download the booking form for Pony Party. 

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Meet The Ponies

Harry Gray and Shey

Every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 2pm we invite you to come to the stables and meet the ponies. This activity is suitable for anyone (children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian) and no previous experience is necessary - there is no cost for this and you are under no obligation to commit to a ride. All we ask is that you phone us so we can expect you (01304 380369). Have a chat to the staff and have a look at the facilties. Wear clothing according to the weather, particularly closed footwear (trainers and boots rather than flip flops and high heels!). We have boots of all sizes if you wish to borrow free of charge, and just remember this is a working yard - there may be poo on view!

Pleasure Rides

Georgia and Ronii leading through the paddocks

Have you every fancied just trying a ride on a horse or pony? Want to take the children in the holidays and fancy a go yourself? Well maybe a Pleasure Ride is just what you're after. No formal instruction - just advice to keep everyone safe and comfortable, and one hour of supervised riding, exploring our fields, paddocks and tracks (no roads). We can supply hats and boots free of charge - all you need to do is bring the fine weather! Adults £26 Children £21.
This activity is most popular during the summer months. If you happen to be in the area and it is out of season, then please ring us (01304 380369) to enquire about availability and prices.


Digby and Mary having a flirt......

Although a footnote, we at Cornilo Riding are passionate about positive welfare, as set out in The Equine Industry Guidelines.

All our horses and ponies are trained using verbal pre-signals, then pressure/response/release/reward techniques, and this is encouraged for all riders - even our youngest ones. 

Cornilo Riding operates a respect for all - both humans and animals, we constantly seek to improve our service and seek new skills..... we do not encourage the use of spurs, restricting nosebands, harsh bits, gadgets, martingales etc. Any use of a whip is strictly monitored. Our tack is cleaned daily, checked regularly and repaired immediately.
Rider safety - all riders are provided with neckstraps and balance straps, and are required to wear long sleeved tops and footwear that has a clearly defined heel and minimal tread. Body protectors are compulsory for jumping and encouraged for all riding.

Riding hats must be to BHS approved standards: PAS 015, VG 01.040, AS/NZS 3838 or SNELL 2001.

Body protectors must be BEVA Level 3 purple label: 2009, 2018 
Please feel free to read our policies that are on display in the office - they are there for YOU!!

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