Carrington Riding Centre, Isherwood Rd, Carrington, Manchester, M314BH
Phone: 0161 969 5853 Email: info@carrington-rc.com

We are a busy, yet friendly Riding School. We are approved by the Local Authority, The British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools, FEI Clubmark and a The Pony Club Centre. We are the only riding school in the North West with all of these accreditations. Based just a few miles south west of Manchester in the Mersey valley green belt. We are situated in 450 acres of open countryside yet still close to the motorway network.

Our facilities include an indoor school and three, all weather, rubber surfaced outdoor floodlit menages with comfortable viewing facilities and cafe. We are the only riding school to have our own Racewood Dressage simulator the most advanced of its type in the world.

Our experienced and friendly staff can offer you riding lessons to suit all ages (upwards of 3) and abilities. All our horses and ponies are chosen for their suitable temperament and are fully trained to ensure both the safety and enjoyment of our customers.

During school holidays, we always offer a range of activities to both children and adults. You can check out what is available on this website. We also offer our very popular 'Pony Parties' and we recommend you book early.

Our Values and mission statement:

"To provide an excellent standard of affordable tuition with a classical approach from the start…"

  • Carrington Riding Centre is committed to making horses and riding accessible to the whole community. We offer opportunities to volunteers of all ages to develop in confidence and skills whilst helping others.

    Our Values:
  • We provide outstanding equestrian training. Commercial riding lessons provide the focus for all other activities and enable us to support those most in need.

    We also engage with vulnerable young people and adults, raising their aspirations and helping them to feel positively about themselves and their futures.

    By choosing to ride with us you can not only have a fantastic time, learn valuable skills whilst keeping fit but you will also be helping all sectors of the community.

Latest Information

The British Horse Society Two-Day Initial First Aid Course

16th & 17th October
Cost £111 for 2 days
 
This two-day course is for anyone who has had no first aid training, or whose qualification has lapsed. On completion you receive an ID card and/or certificate of achievement valid for two years.
After completing this, every two years you will then need.
 
Please call BHS to book on 02476 840500

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See the New Hoof Video Featuring Carrington Riding Centre

 

 

HALLOWEEN SHOW!

CRC will be hosting a 'scary' Halloween Show this year which will take place on:

Friday 31st October from 4.30pm

All competitors are expected to dress in 'scary' fancy dress and there will be a prize for the 'scariest' outfit!

(Parents can be included in the fancy dress competition!)

There will be classes for all abilities and ages including lead rein riders.
There will also be a variety of classes including equitation, dressage, jumping and a 'Special Halloween Scary Class!'

Rosettes will be awarded to all placed riders from 1st-6th place and there will be a TROPHY for the winner of each class!

Cost: £10 per class.

Join us for a fun filled Halloween night with lots of TRICK or TREAT prizes for all children. Everyone welcome!
Café will be open for refreshments.

LOTS TO DO DURING THE
HALF TERM HOLIDAYS AT CRC!

DAYS ON THE FARM
NEW ‘On Weekends Too!’
All Week Sat 25th Oct- Sunday 2nd Nov
 Daily Times 10am-4pm
 Don’t miss the chance to spend time at the farm during the half term holidays.
We have planned fun-packed days, which include 2 hours of riding, caring for your favourite ponies & horses and lots of fun and games.
All levels of riders from beginners welcome. Ages 5+
Please send a daily packed lunch and waterproofs. Café open all day.
Cost £40 per day

COMPETITION TRAINING DAYS
 Tues & Wed 28th & 29th Oct
2 Day Competition Training Course
Two Hours of Riding per day and learn all about preparing and entering The BHS qualifier competitions
There is also a chance to be selected for The BHS National Competition on Jan 2nd 2015
Suitable for all abilities. Age 5 years- Adults
Grouped by age & abilityTo have a good chance of being chosen for the team, it is vital that you attend these training days, however non-attendance will not exclude you from competing at our mock show on Friday 21st Nov at 4.30pm or The Regional Qualifier to be held on Jan 2nd 2015
To have a good chance of being chosen for the team, it is vital that you attend these training days, however non-attendance will not exclude you from competing at our mock show on Friday 21st Nov at 4.30pm or The Regional Qualifier to be held on Jan 2nd 2015To have a good chance of being chosen for the team, it is vital that you attend these training days, however non-attendance will not exclude you from competing at our mock show on Friday 21st Nov at 4.30pm or The Regional Qualifier to be held on Jan 2nd 2015
 Only £80 for 2 days.
Times: 10am-4pm

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC!                           
 Wednesday 29th October 11am-1pm
Especially designed for our younger 'on the lead' riders!
Bring your favourite teddy and help us look after our ponies as well as having an hour's riding time on our ponies.
We will then all enjoy a picnic with our teddies!
Only £25

2 DAY CRASH COURSE FOR HELPERS
  Thurs & Fri 30th & 31st Oct
 Have you ever fancied helping out at our yard but can't make Thursday evenings?? Well here's your chance to learn all you need to know about horse care, stable management and working in a riding school and livery yard environment in a 2 day crash course. Successful candidates will receive an A4 certificate.
Cost £90 including certificate. Age 10+. Time 10am-4pm

2-HOUR HACKS
11am-1pm
Mon 27th & Fri 31st Oct
Is an hour just not enough? Come & join us for a walk, trot, canter hack out on the many scenic routes that surround the farm.
Cost-£40.
Riders must be confident in canter!

Parent & Child Group Lesson
Ever fancied having a go? Come and ride with your child for half an hour for just £12 each!
Suitable for beginners or just off the lead riders!
Mon 25th, Tues 26th & Wed 27th  Oct
11.30am

ASSESSMENT WEEK ON OTHELLO
MON 25th - 31st Oct- Anytime!
Let’s see how you’re doing………….come and have a full riding assessment on our horse simulator ‘Othello’. You will receive a half hour fully instructed lesson and a detailed printed assessment showing your position, balance and movements.
SPECIAL OFFER
JUST £12.50 for half an hour
PRIVATE LESSONS, SIMULATOR LESSONS AND HACKS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE HALF TERM HOLIDAYS.
Telephone 0161 969 5853

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMPETE BUT DON'T OWN YOUR OWN HORSE?

BHS COMPETITION FOR RIDING SCHOOL CLIENTS

We are very excited to announce that we have been asked by The British Horse Society to host a regional qualifier for their National Riding School Competition to be held next Easter, Wed 8th April 2015 at Warwickshire College.
We will be holding a qualifier show at Carrington Riding Centre on Friday 2nd January 2015 where the top 3 placed winners of each class will be offered the opportunity of competing at the National Competition.

The classes will be made up of mainly dressage, some jumping (for the under 12's) and some stable management and will be open to all riders from age 5 to adult riders. Classes will be grouped in age and ability (TBA)

As there will be a lot to learn and practice, CRC will be holding training days during the next half term holidays on Tues & Wed, 28th & 29th Oct from 10am-4pm. On both days you will learn and practice the dressage tests, jumping course and possible stable management questions and everything else that you will need to know about the competition!

To have a good chance of being chosen for the team, it is vital that you attend these training days, however non-attendance will not exclude you from competing at our mock show on Friday 21st Nov at 4.30pm or The Regional Qualifier to be held on Jan 2nd 2015.
This is a fabulous opportunity for riders who want to compete, and will attract important recognition for all the participants.

Rosettes awarded to all and the winner of each class will receive a trophy.

COSTS
2 day Training course 28th & 29th Oct £80
(minimum of 2 hours riding per day)
Mock Show at CRC Friday Nov 21st
Entry for each class- £7.00
Regional Qualifier Show at CRC on Friday Jan 2nd
Entry for each class- £7.00
Please note that the chosen team for the National competion will attract further travelling costs and entry fees
Prices TBA

SADDLE CLUB- STARTS SATURDAY OCTOBER 4th

The Saddle Club is a brand new club for children and young people from age 5-17 years old who love horses!
The Club aims to present an interesting and informative experience for all young people w...hatever their ability.
The Saddle Club objectives are:
• To encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding.
• To give instruction in riding and horsemastership and to teach members to look after and to take proper care of their animal.
• To enable young people to understand how to work safely on a riding school yard and to achieve progressive qualifications
SESSIONS:

Saturday: 10am -12 noon- Mini Saddle Club
At Mini Saddle Club, children will work towards their Pony Club Efficiency tests starting at Test E. A half hour riding session will be included in every session.
Suitable for children aged 5-9 years old

Saturday: 2pm-4pm- Junior Saddle Club
At Junior Saddle Club, children will work towards their Pony Club Efficiency tests starting at Test D. A half hour riding session will be included in every session.
Suitable for children aged 10+

Saturday: 12pm-2pm- Senior Saddle Club
At Senior Saddle Club, young people will work towards their British Horse Society’s Riding School Assistants Certificate of Competence. A half hour riding session will be included in every session.
Suitable for young people aged 13+

Cost only £12 per session
All Saddle Club members will be required to join The Pony Club (£25 annual fee)
And wear a piece of uniform (Prices start from £8.99)

ALL MEMBERS WILL BE INVITED TO TRY OUT FOR OUR RIDING TEAMS AND WILL GET THE CHANCE TO COMPETE IN OUR INTER-CENTRE COMPETITIONS!!

Tel 0161 969 5853 to book
One weeks payment required in advance

For your application form click here

YOUNG EQUESTRIANS & PONY CLUB

YOUNG EQUESTRIANS is a new initiative in partnership with HOOF to enable teenagers to get involved with horses and other like minded young people with the same interests.

This is a great chance for teens to achieve and enjoy a social life at the same time! 
The new course will takes place every Thursday night for a two hour session. Each session will consist of an hour working towards YELA (young equestrian leaders award), and then an hour’s riding and stable management on alternative weeks working towards ‘Pony Clubs’ efficiency awards.We will be starting with efficiency test D and then moving forward on a progressive basis.
Times: 5pm-7pm

The cost is only £12 per night (registration fees applicable).
These awards are seriously recognised within the equine industry.
Minimum age 13. Suitable for up to age 17.

A great way to make friends with like minded young people who have a passion for horses! 

PONY CLUB- BRAND NEW COURSENEW 'MUCKING OUT' COURSE

Starting Monday September 8th 2014 ACHIEVEMENT BADGE MUCKING OUT!

This course will teach members how to 'muck out' safely and learn all about the different tools and how to use them correctly.

RIDINGThis course will prepare riders to the next level according to the previous badge successfully undertaken by each rider. New members will start at Bronze Level 1. Bronze, Silver and Gold badges are available at Levels 1, 2 & 3 and include riding and horsemastership (caring for and preparing a horse/pony for riding).Progressive Riding Badges are challenging, we must emphasise that good attendance is needed for members to have a fair chance of success. The Pony Club requires 70% attendance to be entered for the badge therefore members must attend a minimum of 6/8 sessions.

Test Night – Mon 27th October 2014 (usual fees and times apply) Mon 1st September- Fun & Presentation NightAll Pony Club members and new members are welcome to come for a ‘fun night’ from 4.30pm-7.30pm for riding, fun, games.Places for this course are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

BRAND NEW ROSETTE COURSE

ALL ABOUT SHOW JUMPS!

All members will be able to recognise various types of show jumps and will be able to build various types of show jumps safely.

At the end of the course, all members will have an understanding of how to build a simple show jumping course and understand the different lines!

RIDING
On the riding side, all members will learn how to achieve a clear round of low level poles or jumps depending on ability.
This is a 6 week course which will start on Sunday 19th October from 3pm-4.30pm.
Suitable for ages 5 years-9 years- All abilities including beginners welcome.
Cost is only £18 (payable one week in advance)

Due to the nature of this course, places are limited so please call to book your place asap on 0161 969 585

 

PARENT & CHILD CLASSES

Ever fancied having a go? Come and ride with your child for half an hour for just £12 each!
Suitable for beginners or just off the lead riders
Every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays!
13 stone weight maximum

PRIVATE LESSONS, HACKS, DRESSAGE & SIMULATOR LESSONS AVAILABLE ALL DAY EVERY DAY!

MORE GREAT NEWS FOR RIDERS & HORSE OWNERS

For the more confident rider you can join our British Riding Club.

Where we can provide accredited courses for adults who want to improve their riding and care skills and have a social with like minded people at the same time.

On this course we will be working towards the British Riding Clubs 'Riding & Horse Welfare' Stage 1. There will be a fun hack and a special dressage week included in the course.

This Club is open to HORSE OWNERS too who will be welcome to bring their own horse to the sessions.

The cost is only £25 for a 2 hour session and will include an hours riding in every session. Coffee and cakes will be provided after every session to enable you to interact with your fellow riders.

This is a great opportunity to belong to an established and recognised riding club as well as achieving recognised qualifications. Have fun and learn both at the same time.

COLLEGE COURSE
Very exciting news for 16 - 18 yr olds

Do you want a career in the horse world?

CRC are able to offer you the opportunity to do your 6th form studies in BTEC Level 3 horse care, management and riding.

If you think you might be interested, please call us on 0161 969 5853 or e-mail info@carrington-rc.com to register your interest. We will need you to complete an 'expression of interest' form so that we can send you further info!

Click here for more information

Download a copy of the form here

TEEN PONY CLUB

A chance for teens to achieve!  Takes place every Monday night for a two hour session. Each session consists of an hour working towards a YELA (young equestrian leaders) award, and then an hour’s riding and stable management on alternative weeks working towards ‘Pony Clubs’ efficiency awards.We will be starting with efficiency test D and then on a progressive basis.    

These awards are seriously recognised within the equine industry.

Minimum age 13. Suitable for up to age 17. Only £12 per night

ADULTS ONLY- NEW RIDING COURSE FOR RETURNING RIDERS
'TAKE BACK THE REINS'

 

 


DO YOU WANT TO RETURN TO RIDING AFTER A BREAK OR WOULD YOU JUST LIKE AN ADULT'S ONLY GROUP LESSON?

It’s never too late to rekindle or discover a love of horses, pick up that journey and enjoy riding...

Fitting horses 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’ll get going again.

So, what is it?
It’s a series of horse riding lessons providing individual and group coaching, specifically designed to support your first steps in order to get you into the saddle. It will help you develop your skills so that you can horse ride out, depending upon your skill and confidence levels, perhaps in the open countryside, improve your fitness, and progress within the sport, making sure you have fun along the way.

Horse riding is a hobby for people of all ages and abilities so there’s no need to use the excuse “I’m too old!” or “I’m not good enough”.

Come and join us for our next course which will be starting on Wed 24th Sept at 7pm, Thursday 25th Sept at 7pm or Sunday 28th Sept at 2pm. The course will last for 7 weeks and will have no more than 6 riders in each group. The lessons will be made of half an hour horse preparation, 40 mins riding and preparing horses for return to the stables and 20 minutes social (tea & biscuits) to get to know your fellow riders and chat about experiences.

The cost per lesson is just £20 (payable in advance)
Call us now for more info on 0161 969 5853