Our Equestrian Centre

The Equestrian Centre offers a rare combination – a school livery yard, highly commended by BHS, in the heart of a thriving co-ed day and boarding school. For students who already ride, or who want to learn, Sidcot is a popular choice, as we pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere for both beginners and experienced riders alike.

Sidcot Equestrian Team

Keen riders, who own their own horse, will be encouraged to join the Sidcot Equestrian Team. This gives students the opportunity to take part in lessons and clinics and team training in a wide range of disciplines. There are regular opportunities to compete both locally and at national events and we are very proud of the recent success of the Sidcot Team

Full Livery Offer

The advantages of keeping your horse here at the Sidcot Equestrian Centre are numerous including: full access to our facilities which include 30 x 40m floodlit arena, full set of BS jumps, horse walker, solarium, hot shower and off road hacking.

We offer a full livery package at £176 per week. A deposit of £2,000 is required. This package includes:

  • Bedding
  • Adlib haylage
  • Stable and field usage (depending on individual requirements)
  • Basic feed (feed supplements not included)
  • All year round turnout

In addition to providing a comfortable and clean stable, we will speak with you to ensure (within reason) your horse’s needs are catered for to avoid boredom and the development of bad habits or stress related behaviours. This will be achieved by providing a good yard routine, adequate care, exercise, plenty of variety and human contact.

On a routine basis our professional staff will provide:

  • Mucking out
  • Grooming
  • Tack cleaning
  • Supervised free riding sessions
  • Exercise in horse walker

Staff can provide extra services at an additional cost.

In addition to our livery offer we are able to provide 1:1 or group riding lessons by our highly qualified riding instructors from beginners to advanced riders.  These lessons provide a great opportunity for students to advance their current skills or explore new ones and will be tailored towards the student and their horse.  Regardless of which you choose, our floodlit arena will provide an excellent facility for both rider and horse. These lessons are arranged with our Equestrian Centre Manager at the start of term. The cost is £22.50 for a one-hour group lesson and from £45 for a one-hour individual lesson.

Keen riders will be encouraged to join the Sidcot Equestrian riding team, which gives them the opportunity to take part in lessons/clinics and team training in a wide range of disciplines.

There are regular opportunities to compete both locally and at national events and we are very proud of the school's recent success. Sidcot’s school team are the 2018/2019 NSEA champions and the BS Just For Schools champions 2018/2019.

Riding Lessons

For those students that do not own their own horse, we offer two potential routes for riders: lessons on our school horses, or lessons at Urchinwood Riding Stables. Urchinwood is located five miles from Sidcot and is a BHS-approved livery and riding establishment with British Eventing accreditation. These lessons are timetabled by our Equestrian Centre Manager, subject to demand and on a rota system between those on-site, and off-site.

Riding instructors are able to provide tuition for all riders from beginner to advanced in a safe environment. Group riding lessons on Sidcot’s horses and at Urchinwood are charged at £35 for a one-hour lesson.


Urchinwood Manor provide a range of facilities including an indoor and outdoor arena, cross country course consisting of jumps from 1’0” to 3’3” and show jumping courses.

Price list


Full livery to include bedding, basic feed, forage, turn out, bring in, mucking out and tack cleaning: £176 per week, £2,000 deposit. Also includes use of hot shower, solarium and morning walker use when mucking out. BHS exam tuition and equine tutorials are also included.

£20 – Day livery (per day)
£25 – Overnight stays (per night)

Exercising and Lessons

£20 – Sidcot staff exercising horses (per horse, per hour)
£45 – Instructor Schooling student horse (per hour)
£45 – Private lesson (per hour)
£22.50 – Group lesson
£3 – Additional use of walker (per ten-minute session)


£50 – Full clip
£45 – Hunter clip
£25 – Neck and belly clip
£10 – Show preparation including plaiting
£5 – Mane pulling (per time)
£5 – Tail pulling (per time)
£30 – Clipper hire (per horse)

Farrier Charges

£110 – Full set of shoes (8x stud holes)
£105 – Full set of shoes
£72 – Pair of shoes and trim
£40 – Trim bare foot

Veterinary Charges

£60 – Standard call out charge. Bill as per vet charges

Master Saddler Charges QSF SMS

£36 – Standard call out charge
£48 – Reflock on site
£60 – Adjusting back at workshop
£55 – Correction half pad