We are all obviously facing strange times where everybody has to adapt. Here at the riding school, we are following advice from the Government, our License provider, Insurance company and the British Horse Society.
We are not fully open yet, but we are doing our best to offer the lesson/ride times we can!
We have put all the necessary procedures in place for everybody's safety.
- Hand Sanitizers are available around the yard.
- Large signs encouraging people to wash their hands on arrival and encourage social distancing
- Lesson times adjusted to allow time in between lessons for people to come/go, tack to be disinfected etc
- Riders to wear gloves
- Limiting the amount of people on the yard at one time
- Groups are to have no more than 5
- Sign in book to aid the 'Track and Trace' system
- Currently only able to offer riding to competent riders off the lead rein that can mount up/adjust stirrups and girth themselves.
We hope that we can offer more riding and open fully once we are able to. Thank you to all our riders who have been so understanding and helpful during this time.
We have two new horses that have joined the team this Summer...
They are both lovely, kind rides and have been instantly immensely popular among our riders.
We have had an amazing response to our Tiny Tots Classes!
Wednesday morning groups will resume when school holiday rush is over, meanwhile please do enquire for alternative times! Weekday price £15.
We have always hosted groups of foreign students in the holiday months but this year more so than ever!
They come from many countries, but mainly from China. Lucky all our staff speak Mandarin.
Following our recent BHS Annual Inspection we were once again awarded the highest grading for Teaching, Coaching and Hacking - and above all, Horse Welfare!
Shannon finally delivered a colt foal!
Both mum and foal are safe and well! He was born at 2.45am on the 8th June! Shannon will be enjoying her materity leave out to pasture for the summer months and will be returning to the riding school after the foal is weaned in the autumn!
Lauren took her yearling Connemara filly (who some of you may remember was born at the riding school last spring) to Newark Showground on Sunday.
It was the Lincolnshire and East Midlands Connemara Breed Show and it was definitely worth the trek! Linnet not only won her Yearling Class, she then went forward to win 'Youngstock Champion!' This then qualified her for the Supreme Championship at the end of the show, in which she claimed 'Reserve Supreme In-Hand Champion!' A great achievement for a homebred yearling!
We are pleased to announce that following a very successful visit from the BHS in May, we are now awarding the 'BHS Junior Progressive Riding and Stable Management awards!'
These are nationally recognised standards of proficiency awarded in 5 stages and every rider on the course will be eligible. Everybody can have access to a syllabus so they can see exactly what they are working towards!
New to Wednesdays!
Due to a high level of interest we have created a slot on a Wednesday mornings at 11.30 and 12.00 dedicated to giving little ones the opportunity to ride, its a great way to get them used to ponies, developing posture and strength and above all, confidence. There will be a member of staff each assigned to leading the pony and helping to instruct alongside the lead instructor. Parents are welcome to walk alongside the pony. They can also have a little go grooming the ponies too.
There is a midweek discount on this session so its now £15 for the half hour which is plenty of time in the saddle for that age!
Call, email or contact us on Facebook to book in!
James has been away for some work experience at a top racing yard in Oxfordshire.
He has ridden with us since he was a small child, more recently becoming a fully fledged member of our weekend staff.
Lauren travelled up to see him yesterday to see how he has progressed, it is safe to say he has taken to it like a duck to water! We are thrilled for him and excited for the future, as heartbroken as the girls may be that he has gone!
Keeping you up-to-date with all things BRS.
Following a very busy day with our Annual British Horse Society Inspection in August, Bentley Riding School was awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ Grade for the quality of its Teaching, Coaching and Hacking. This was a delight to us all.
The ever-popular pony ‘Coco’ is now back from her maternity leave, having had her foal. ‘Pepsi’ (who just be the hairiest foal we have ever seen!) will spend the next few years entertaining the children, until she is old enough to join the riding school. She is pictured here with Linnet, one of Lauren’s prize-winning Connemara foals.
We are pleased to be able to share some staff updates with you.
Alex to re-join
We are very happy to announce that Alex re-joins the staff in November after gallivanting in Australia, teaching and taking rides out in the sticks!
A great welcome to Beth, who has joined the team full-time after completing her college course, where she gained her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management and is now well on her way to gaining her BHS qualifications too. Beth, along with the rest of nearly all of our staff, have been ‘homegrown’ here! They all learnt to ride here and learnt their skills through being a helper and then weekend staff. They never seem to want to leave! Lauren has been here over 20 years!
Courtney who also has a Level 3 in Horse Management is now working her way through the parallel track of BHS Exams.
A day out
Here are some nice pictures of the staff and liveries out with the ‘Cambridge University Draghounds':