Horse riding for beginners

Horse riding, or equestrian sport, refers to the skill of training horses. Horses can be used for riding, driving and vaulting (the sport of gymnastics on the back of a horse). Horse riding can include a huge range of activities such as dressage, jumping, pleasure riding and for therapeutic reasons.

Horse riding is a sport that anyone, regardless of age, ability or background can have a go at, as this beginners guide shows.

What is Hoof?

Hoof is the British Equestrians Federation’s participation brand which aims to encourage more people to take up horse riding, driving, vaulting and volunteering. By connecting people to riding centres, schools, clubs and equestrian sporting organisations, Hoof, supported by Sport England funding, is helping more people to discover horses, get fit and improve their wellbeing.

Returning to riding? Take Back The Reins

Fitting riding back into your life can be simple. Just half an hour of horse riding a week can boost your sense of wellbeing and help to keep you feeling healthy. Returning to riding may feel daunting but with the right horse to give you confidence it’s amazing how quickly you will get going again. Take Back The Reins offers adult riders a seven week series of coaching designed specifically to support a riders first steps into the saddle.

Accessibility Mark

Horse riding is now more accessible than ever thanks to a new initiative that helps riding schools to accommodate disabled participants. Accessibility Marked riding centres have undergone specialist training from Riding for the Disabled Association to enable them to offer fun and safe horse riding for people with disabilities.

Young Equestrians

Delivered through The Pony Club approved centres, Young Equestrians is predominately aimed at 13-18 year olds allowing more people to connect and re-engage with horse sport. Young Equestrians allows you to make new friends, develop your skills, have fun, try out some of the horse sports available and get fit in the fresh air. No matter what your ability your local Young Equestrians group has been designed to provide you with more choice and freedom whilst taking responsibility for the activities you take part in.

Coaching & Development

The British Equestrian Federation’s 19 member bodies are delivering UKCC coaching courses from Levels 1-4 to ensure the highest levels of quality standard within all equestrian sports. The term coaching refers to teaching, instructing, training and all methods of helping a horse and rider partnership to improve. The promotion of quality coaching is the privilege and responsibility of all organisations involved in our sport. To find out more about funding coaching schemes please talk to you CSP.

More information can be found at www.hoofride.co.uk

To keep up to date with news and events you can follow Hoof at www.facebook.com/hoofride and www.twitter.com/hoofride

Your local Hoof representative is Pippa Warrener and can be contacted on pippa.warrener@bef.co.uk

Your local centres are:

Beechwood Riding School


01883 342266

Laris Farm


01276 855034


Chessington Equestrian Centre


0208 398 7668

Orchard Cottage Riding Stables


01737 241311


Kiln Stables Riding School




Bridleways Equestrian Centre

Great Bookham

01372 456385


Kingsmead Equestrian Centre



Wildwoods Riding Centre


01737 812146


Silvermere Equestrian Centre


01932 864040

Cranleigh Equestrian Centre


01483 276426


Burstow Park Equestrian Centre


01293 820766


Badshot Lea Equestrian Centre




More information can be found at www.hoofride.co.uk

To keep up to date with news and events you can follow Hoof at www.facebook.com/hoofride and www.twitter.com/hoofride