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Riding Schools are perfect for the rider who doesn't own their own horse or pony. Some of the Riding Schools listed here are affiliated to the British Horse Society. All BHS Approved Establishments are inspected at least once a year and establishments only pass if they have met the most stringent standards of instruction, safety and horse care.
Many riding schools run escorted rides through the local countryside, although an initial competency test will usually be required.

Horse Riding in Kent

"With a range of hacking, off road toll rides and cross country trails; riding, whether with your own horse, or taking out a hack allows you to see more of Kent's varied countryside."

Equestrian Ashford
Bankside Stables
Bankside, Stowting, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6AX
01303 813846

Blue Barn Equestrian Centre
Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3DH
07904 511741

Etchden Road, Bethersden, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3DS
01233 820873

Rooting Street Equestrian Centre
Rooting Street, Little Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN27 0PX
01233 840434

Smarden Equestrian Services
2 Bakers Bridge Cottages, Bulland, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8RQ
01233 770394
Equestrian Canterbury
Benacre Thanet Way Riding Stables
Thanet Way, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 4QN
01227 770931

Breach Barn
Elham Valley Road, Barham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6LN

Bursted Manor Riding Centre
Pett Bottom, Bridge, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6EH
01227 830568

Highstead Riding Centre
Highstead, Chislet, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 4LX

Mannix Stud Equestrian Centre
Nightingale Farm, Whiteacre Lane, Waltham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5SR
01227 700349
Mannix Stud is a family run centre which has over 30 years experience providing children with riding holidays to remember.
Set in the village of Waltham in the heart of the Kent countryside, close to the historic City of Canterbury in Kent, their riding centre concentrates on teaching the young rider from the total beginner to those wishing to specialise and compete at affiliated level.
Mannix Stud equestrian centre is a British Horse Society Approved centre with over 20 happy and well-trained horses and ponies.

Bigberry Farm
Bigberry Road, Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7NE
01227 738524
Equestrian Dartford
Blackdale Farm Liveries
1 Blackdale Farm Cottages, Green Street, Dartford, Kent, DA2 8DX
01322 228188

New Barn Stables
Longfield Avenue, New Barn, Longfield, Kent, DA3 7LA
01474 706021
New Barn Stables is the home of Kay and Cliff Swabey.
They provide a professional, friendly, safe and caring environment where all horses and owners are treated as individuals. In-house tuition for all levels of rider is available from qualified BHSAI and BHSII if required.
Kay is a registered BHSII instructor and a member of the Training the Teachers of Tomorrow (TTT). She has worked in the equine industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience in all three disciplines with a flair for training young horses, combined with an understanding of natural horse behaviour. Kay is a successful competitor in dressage, show jumping and eventing, trained by Charles de Kunffy, Arthur Kottas and Mark Phillips.
The yard has undergone major improvements and has a professionally installed 40m x 30m Charles Britton sand/rubber arena, which drains well and does not freeze in the winter. There is also a 20m x 40m arena, both are floodlit. All tracks to fields have been replaced with road surface and the improvements are continuing.
Livery owners are welcome anytime, there are no restrictions as the owners live on site.

Warrigal Farm
Sandbanks Hill, Bean, Dartford, Kent, DA2 8EH
01474 704093
Equestrian Dover
Braeside Equestrian Centre
Nelson Park Road, St. Margarets At Cliffe, Nr Dover, Kent, CT15 6HL
01304 852959
Braeside is a small, friendly BHS 'Excellent' rated riding school and livery yard, that sits neatly on the outskirts of a lovely network of woodlands and bridleways, enabling us to offer fantastic hacking without the need for roadwork.
It specialises in Dressage, but also offers excellent jumping tuition. The experienced, qualified, staff are able to teach all disciplines and Jane Driver, Proprietor, is a highly experienced dressage rider and trainer.
You can call or visit to discuss any requirements from the occasional lesson to Full Livery or competition training.

Cornilo Riding
Sutton Court Farm, Church Hill, Sutton, Dover, Kent, CT15 5DF
01304 380369
Cornilo Riding is a British Horse Society Approved Riding School, established more than 25 years ago, and set in 1000 acres of privately owned, beautiful, east Kent chalk downland and woodland.
They welcome riders of all ages and abilities, and with experienced staff and wide range of horses and ponies, they can tailor-make a riding experience to suit all.

Hogbrook Equestrian Centre
Hogbrook Hill Lane, Alkham, Dover, Kent, CT15 7BU
01304 824499
Hogbrook Equestrian Centre is a family run business, established over 16 years. They offer a friendly, professional service to their clients, whether full, part or D.I.Y. livery. Living on site allows them to be available at all times to assist when needed.
David, a B.H.S.A.I. / accredited level 2 coach and successful showjumper operates a small exclusive riding school, offering tuition for adults and teenagers on well trained quality horses.
In an area of outstanding natural beauty abounding with bridleways accompanied hacking can be arranged. Coaching is also available for clients on their own horses.
With a large floodlit indoor arena weather conditions are not an issue and evening lessons can be catered for.

Owl House Stables
The Owl House, Station Road, St. Margarets-at-Cliffe, Dover, Kent, CT15 6HN
01304 852035
The Owl House Stables is a family run, British Horse Society Approved, riding school situated in east Kent. Offering horse riding lessons, hacks and Pony club for all ages and abilities.
Situated in the stunning east Kent countryside, Owl House Stables are surrounded by bridle paths, open fields and woodland that can be ridden through at a leisurely pace, or for those that prefer something a little faster, there are ample opportunities for a canter or gallop.
They offer a 40m x 20m sand and rubber menage and a smaller grass school for horse riding lessons. In addition to traditional dressage horse riding lessons they can also provide show jumping and cross country horse riding lessons, all on-site.
Children's birthday parties, fun days, gymkhana games, Stag and Hen parties are also popular events that can be arranged.

Alkham Valley Community Project
Mount Ararat, Abbey Road, Hougham, Dover, Kent, CT15 7DJ
07472 910009
The Alkham Valley Community Project is a registered charity providing therapeutic activities for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children to promote their health and well-being.
In particular it promotes Community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities to learn skills related to horse riding carriage driving and horticulture.
Supported by Lottery Funding it is an amazingly worthwhile project.


Cornilo RDA is an independent charity and a member of The Riding for the Disabled Association and is run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations.
We provide horse riding opportunities for children and adults with various forms of learning disabilities as well as physical disabilities, with the expert guidance of our volunteers and qualified instructors.
All our riders are given individual tailored tuition and through the experience of riding on a horse their confidence and self esteem develop. The interaction with coaches and other riders provides an opportunity for building on social and communication skills as well as making new friends.

People with many different disabilities
These include people with intellectual and emotional disturbances, specific learning difficulties, injuries resulting from accidents, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, visual/ hearing impairments etc.

Riding helps to improve co-ordination, balance, muscle development and fitness.
These assist greatly in the development of communicating skills, confidence, trust and self esteem. This in turn often encourages the disabled to try to achieve success in many other areas. Riding is FUN.
Equestrian Gravesham
Shorne Wood Country Park
Brewers Road, Shorne, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3HX
0300 333 6488
174 acres of woodland and wetland with lakes, wild flower garden, picnic areas, equestrian ride, orienteering and fishing.
Equestrian Maidstone
Cobham Manor Equestrian Centre
Water Lane, Thurnham, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3LU
01622 738497
Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Over 55 horses and ponies to suit riders of all abilities.
It also has an indoor school, 3 floodlit sand manege's and tack shop.
Riding holidays for children, stable management days for adults. Base for circular walks around North Downs Way and circular cycle routes.
Open to the general public. Free car park and tea rooms.

Equines Livery Centre
Stanhope Farm, Scragged Oak Road, Hucking, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1QU
01622 880007
Stanhope Farm livery yard is a small friendly, family run Livery yard with a friendly, relaxed happy atmosphere for both horses and owners.

Hop Garden Stables
50 Tonbridge Road, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BT
01622 813907

Southfield Stables
South Lane, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3AZ
01622 842788
Located in the pretty village of Sutton Valence, just south of Maidstone, Southfield Stables is a family run business with a good reputation. It has a three furlong all weather oval track, and a grass hill gallop, both of which can be used for exercising the horses, and getting them towards perfect race fitness.
The surrounding area has quiet lanes and bridle paths. The stables also boast an all-weather schooling menage, and one of the paddocks also serves as schooling area, with an assortment of practice fences & hurdles.

Fairbourne Stables
Wyedale Lodge, Fairbourne Manor Farm, Harrietsham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1LH
01622 858554

Horseshoes Riding School
Dean Street, East Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 0PR
01622 746161
Horseshoes riding school offers both private and group riding lessons, for all ranges and abilities.
Equestrian Medway
Halling Stables
106 Pilgrims Road, Halling, Rochester, Kent, ME2 1HP
01634 242229
Halling Stables is a horse Riding School/equestrian centre in Rochester, Kent offering horse-riding lessons and/or other equine facilities, stables, dressage, saddlery or livery.

Matthews Riding Centre
Capstone Farm Country Park, Capstone Road, Chatham, Kent, ME5 7PA
01634 403623

The Glade Riding Centre
19 Waghorn Street, Chatham, Kent, 0870 240 7

Merryboys Riding School
Cooling Street, Cliffe, Rochester, Kent, ME3 7UB
01634 220276

Perfect Ponies
21 Foord Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 2BX
07813 265153

Rye Street Farm
Rye Street, Cliffe, Rochester, Kent, ME3 7UD
01634 221030

Slough Fort Equestrian Centre
Avery Way, Allhallows, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9QF
01634 271110
Equestrian Sevenoaks
Bradbourne Riding & Training Centre
Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3DH
01732 453592
Bradbourne Riding and Training Centre is owned and run by Peter and Liz Felgate and Sara Howe. Their expertise enables Bradbourne to offer a wide range of activities associated with horses and ponies including riding tuition for most ages and abilities.
Based in Sevenoaks, Kent, they can meet the needs of just about anyone who wishes to ride with them.
They also host a riding club, unsurprisingly called Bradbourne Riding Club, cater for Riding for the Disabled and teach Carriage Driving - which looks like fun.
Equestrian Shepway
Coombe Wood Stables
Coombewood Lane, Hawkinge, Folkestone, Kent, CT18 7BZ
01303 893332
Coombe Wood Stables is a friendly, BHS approved riding school and pony club centre situated in Hawkinge, Kent.
They have a range of horses and ponies which are suitable for complete beginners to intermediate riders.
They specialise in coaching children at Coombe Wood and it is a special place for them to enjoy the lovely animals.
Equestrian Swale
Brenley Farm Livery
Brenley Farm House, Brenley Lane, Boughton-under-Blean, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9LY 01227 750552
Come and stay at Brenley for Bed & Breakfast and bring your horse for a short break. Grass livery available (occasionally full livery). Wonderful hacking on the farm and in the surrounding Kent countryside on the edge of the North Downs. Escort if required or maps available.
Prices from £5.00 per horse per night. Weekly rates available.

Deepdene Stables
Ashford Road, Badlesmere Lees, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0NZ
01233 740228
Provide lessons, hacking and livery.

Callum Park Riding School
Basser Hill, Lower Halstow, Sittingbourne, Kent., ME9 7TY
01795 844258
Situated on the border of Swale near Sittingbourne and Sheppey and the Medway towns of Strood, Rochester Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham, Callum Park Riding School is set in the beautiful rolling countryside overlooking the Thames and Swale Estuaries. Just a short drive from Maidstone and Faversham, they also attract Riders from as far as Gravesend and Canterbury who travel to enjoy the quality of their riding tuition.
The Kent Equine Academy (KEA) is now a partnership between Callum Park Equestrian Centre and Canterbury Academy. It delivers the sort of practical and yard based training that both Employers and Students prefer.
Equestrian Thanet
Nelson Park Riding School Birchington, CT7 OHJ
Tel: 01843 822251
Tuition: Novice/Int, Advanced, Children, Adults, Dressage, Jumping, Cross Country beach rides
Equestrian Tonbridge
Riding Farm Equestrian Centre
Riding Lane, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9LN
01732 838717
Offers first-rate riding school and livery facilities, as well as horses for sale to trade and private clients. Located in Hildenborough, in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside, within easy reach of Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Bromley.
Equestrian Tunbridge Wells
Honnington Equestrian Centre
Honnington Farm, Vauxhall Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 0XD
07711 830346
Honnington, established in 1973, is situated on an 850 acre farm in the heart of Kent, near Southborough between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
Situated in the beautiful Kentish countryside, Honnington has some of the finest equestrian facilities in the county, with both indoor and outdoor floodlit schools. The centre has 40 boxes and provides a wide range of livery services - from DIY and DIY-assisted livery, part livery to full livery. We are able to provide all-year turnout and secure tack rooms.
Full livery and training is provided by Sarah Travis, who provides the highest standards of care for both horse and owners. She has 40 years experience in the equine industry working with all animals from small Welsh ponies and show ponies to show jumpers, racehorses and top class competition horses. Sarah has spent many years with youngsters, backing, breaking and producing to competition level.

Wye & Crundale Rides

This route will allow you to explore the downland and woodland on the North Downs to the east of the Stour Valley.
This circular ride lies to the east of the A28 between Canterbury and Ashford.
The riding routes comprise two short and four long loops which can be combined in any way to provide a long distance ride of up to 17 miles of approximately 4 and a quarter hours duration and within the capabilities of any horse which is ridden regularly.
The routes utilise bridleways, byways and sections of quiet minor roads. Just take special care on the narrow, twisting lanes.

North Downs Way

Designated as a National Trail, the North Downs Way runs for 140 miles from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent. The route along the escarpment avoids exposed ridges but at the same time offers good views of the patchwork of fields and villages of the Weald.
Riding 'The Way' brings you through large expanses of deciduous woodland. A section of the Wye and Crundale Rides coincides with the North Downs Way along the top of Wye Downs. Unlike the South Downs Way, the North Downs Way, as a whole, only has short sections suitable for bridleway use. The Way runs parallel or concurrent with the Pilgrims Way, an ancient trackway.

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