Sidcot Equestrian Centre

The Equestrian Centre offers a rare combination – a school livery yard 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. 

Full Livery Offer

The advantages of keeping your horse here at the Sidcot Equestrian Centre are numerous including, full access to our shared facilities which include 30 x 40m floodlit resurfaced arena, show jumps and off road hacking.

We offer a full livery package at £160 per week which includes:

  • Three bales of bedding per week
  • Adlib haylage
  • Stable and field usage (depending on individual requirements)
  • Basic feed (feed supplements not included)

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
  • Supervise vet and farrier visits
  • Supervised free riding sessions
  • Lunging
  • Hacking afternoons

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.

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 recent success of Sidcot’s school teams at NSEA competition.

Riding Lessons

For those students that do not own their own horse, we have partnered with a local Equestrian Centre, Urchinwood Manor who are a BHS approved livery and riding establishment with British Eventing accreditation. Located 5 miles from Sidcot, set within 100 acres of pasture Urchinwood Manor is staffed by a highly experienced and knowledgeable team.  Horses are carefully chosen to provide a range that cater for all abilities from absolute beginners to more experienced riders, offering a range of individual and group lessons tailored to meet your needs. Riding instructors are able to provide tuition for all riders from beginner to advanced in a safe environment.

  • Facilities

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.

  • Lessons

Lessons are held on a Monday and Thursday after school and on a Saturday. The cost is £23 (£28 from January 2019) for a 1-hour group lesson and from £38 (£43 from January 2019) for a 1-hour individual lesson (depending on the qualification of the instructor). The school will provide transportation to and from Urchinwood Manor and lessons can be booked (during term time) using our online booking system where you will be able to book a series of lessons. Students will also be provided with a packed meal.

- Junior lessons take place every Monday at 4pm to 5pm.

- Senior lessons take place every Monday and Thursday at 5pm to 6pm and every Saturday at 12 noon to 1pm.

If you would like further information please contact the equestrian team: equestrian@sidcot.org.uk 

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset

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