Riding

Our riding stables are the most central in London giving people from all backgrounds the perfect chance to learn to ride. A range of riding lessons are offered for beginner, intermediate, experienced and disabled riders.

Please note:

We are retiring four of our hard working horses/ponies over a two week period; we didn’t plan it this way but all four have earned the right to a more restful, quieter life.

This means we’re having to scale back on the number of lessons we can deliver over the next couple of months whilst we try to raise the money needed to buy new ponies and horses.

We’re trying hard to make sure that all our disabled and child riders can continue to have their lessons but with only four horses left on site it’s proving a struggle to fit everyone in and we thank all our riders for their patience and understanding.

If you’d like to help us raise the money we need to replace Polo, Annie, Herbie & Valentine please donate to our CEO’s fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarolBentall
anything you can give will help tremendously! Thank you.

At Vauxhall City Farm we offer the opportunity to learn to ride a pony or horse in our BHS and RDA approved riding school without leaving central London. Browse below to see what lessons we offer, or if you’ve already booked then make sure you read our Rider Information Page.

 

Our Riding Centre

 

We’re a bit different from other riding centres, and we’re proud of it. Not only are one of the most central riding centres in London, we are also the only registered RDA centre. Our wonderful horses (meet them here) are all unique, with a wide variety of sizes and temperaments which means we can always find the right horse just for you.

As a BHS approved centre we are committed to promoting high standards of equine welfare, equestrianism and customer service.  Find out here why you should pick a BHS approved centre.

Our stables and arena are set in the heart of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and with all of our other animals we can provide a truly rural riding experience without having to leave the city.

Riding Lessons

We offer a wide range of riding lessons for all ages and abilities. Have a look below to see what we can offer you.  Our lessons run Tuesday to Sunday.  Our weight limit is 80kg for beginners and 88kg for experienced riders.

Riding for the Disabled

Riding offers therapeutic benefits and the chance for riders to achieve their personal goals. As a registered RDA centre, we offer Riding for the Disabled lessons for school groups and individuals.  We also now have an RDA group on Sundays at 9am.

All of our individual lessons, and a few of the weekday children’s groups, are suitable for disabled riders.

Group lessons

Adult – £35,  Jumping Groups – £40, Children Weekend – £30, Sunday RDA – £25, Children Weekday (30 minutes) – £25

Our group lessons take place throughout the week. Have a look at our timetable below to decide which group is best for you. All lessons last 45 minutes, except our Tuesday and Wednesday children’s groups which are 30 minutes. The weekday children’s groups are suitable for those on lead rein, just off lead rein and learning to trot. 

Individual lessons

Adult – £40, Children – £35, Disabled Riders – £35, Stable Management – £20 (all prices are based on a 30 minute lesson)

If you’re looking for something a little more personal we’re able to provide individual lessons for adults and children of all abilities.   

Buy ten lessons and get 5% off!

Have a Go lesson

Adults – £30, Children – £25

Suitable for those who have never ridden but always wanted to have a go.  All ages 4+ welcome, why not bring the whole family and make it a joint experience.  The perfect way to learn to ride! Available on Sunday afternoon at 2pm for 45 minutes.

Own a Pony days (only available during half terms)

Would you like to ‘own’ your favourite pony for the day?

Children aged 6-16 can learn to care and look after a pony; grooming, feeding, mucking out, tacking up, stable management lectures and lots of riding. There will even be a rosette to take home.

Contact the riding team for more information

£70 per full day, £40 for half a day.

RDA School/School Groups/Birthday Parties

Tailored to the groups’ needs – Price on Application

 

Booking

All lessons must be booked and paid for in advance. If you’re interested in any of our riding services please complete our riding enquiry form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

 

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