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British Horse Society visit!

We were very pleased to have a lovely report from our latest BHS Inspection visit.

'Well run, welcoming and friendly riding school with some liveries, exceptional attention to. beginner and novice with charming well cared for horses and ponies. Picturesque off-road hacking available and a variety of tuition offered in riding, horse care and Pony Stars. Enthusiastic and loyal staff, many have ridden here as children.'

New School surface!

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Christmas Holiday details!

Pony Club and Tiny Tots lessons!

🎄🎄CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 🎄🎄

PONY MORNINGS will be running each morning of the holidays, 21st-24th and 28th-31st🎅🏽

(If private school children are off earlier than this we can still cater for them ☺️)

All individual morning sessions are £40, if you book for the week (4 mornings) it will be at a slightly discounted rate of £150😆

Themes for each session include:

❄️ Best turned out show - Tuesday 21st

❄️ Gymkhana games - Wednesday 22nd

❄️ Handy pony - Thursday 23rd

❄️ Fancy dress - Christmas Eve☃️ (24th)

  • Drop off at 10am - pick up at 12.30pm (please drop them off with a drink and a snack)
  • Only suitable for children of school age and upwards.

TINY TOTS SESSIONS will be taking place in the afternoons on each Wednesday and Thursday of the holidays - Christmas games are obviously the theme 🎅🏽🌟😁🐎

❄️ Wednesday and Thursday’s

❄️ 2.00

❄️ 2.45

❄️£20 (half hour session)

To book:

📞 07881375210

📧 bookingsatbentleyridingschool.com

Or message us on Facebook

Special Educational Needs and Disabilites (SEND)

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An extra slot added....

We are happy to say that we are able to have a dedicated lesson/woodland trek for children that need a little more assistance.

If the weather is fine, we often take them on a trek into the woodland area, to enjoy the outdoors. If it looks better to have a lesson in the indoor school that day, the pace of the lesson and the vocabulary used by the Instructor will be appropriate to those children on the lesson.

Children will be lead by one of our efficient volunteers and we can provide a second person to walk alongside if necessary.

There are widely published benefits for children with special needs, not only physically but mentally too. Encouraging the children to sit up straight for the time they are on the pony helps to improve core strength and posture. Learning how to steer the pony as well as asking them to stand still or walk on, all encourages them to concentrate on the task in hand and improving their co-ordination and communication skills.

Saturday 12.15 - £25. (Link to 'Activities Unlimited' for funding to be uploaded shortly)

COVID - 19

Difficult times...

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 have put all the necessary procedures in place for everybody's safety.

New Additions!

We have two new horses that have joined the team this Summer...

...Marshmallow

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...and Nessa:

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They are both lovely, kind rides and have been instantly immensely popular among our riders.

Tiny Tots Classes are a hit!

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.

Bentley Riding School International..?

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.

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BHS Visit.....

Following our recent BHS Annual Inspection we were once again awarded the highest grading for Teaching, Coaching and Hacking - and above all, Horse Welfare!

A safe delivery!

Shannon finally delivered a colt foal!

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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 and Linnet's win!

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.

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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!

British Horse Society Junior Tests!

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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!

Tiny Tots Riding Club

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.

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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 in action..........

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!

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Keeping you up-to-date with all things BRS.

Highly commended

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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.

New arrival

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.

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Staff news

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!

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Welcome, Beth!

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!

Exams

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':

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