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
LOTS & LOTS TO DO OVER BANK HOLIDAY AND HALF TERM!
DAYS ON THE FARM---CHILDREN ONLY
Weekdays Mon 27th May-Fri 31st May
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, waterproofs and sun cream. Café open all day.
If you fancy a sleepover at the farm then....................
On SUNDAY 26th May we are going to have a weekend of fun and ponies!
Arrive at 6pm for dinner and then spend the rest of the night having lots of fun and getting our ponies ready for a midnight ride!!! Campfire and supper will end the evening activities.
Next day we will be having a re...ally fun day on the farm with at least 2 hours of riding!
Cost is only £90 including all meals and all activities. This is going to an amazing experience for any young person from age 7+
All abilities welcome including beginners.
For anyone who would prefer just to spend the day with us, you are welcome to join us for all the activities during the week commencing 27th May 10am-4pm Cost £40.
There are very limited places so please book early.
Cost £40 per day or £180 for 5 days
ADULT ONLY DAY ON THE FARM!--BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27th MAY
Fancy a day without the kids? Then come and join us for a fun day full of horses!!!
There will be 2 HOURS RIDING (grouped in abilities, all levels welcome)
For those that fancy, there will be a 2 hour hack available too!
3 HOURS OF HANDS ON STABLE MANAGEMENT
Learn how to tack up, feed, muck out and be safe around horses
Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 10am-4pm Just £40
Parent & Child Group Lesson
Ever fancied having a go? Come and ride with your child for half an hour for just £10 each!
Suitable for beginners or just off the lead riders!
Tues 28th, Wed 29th & Thurs 30th May
ASSESSMENT WEEK ON OTHELLO
MON 27th May- SUN 2nd June-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
2 DAY CRASH COURSE FOR HELPERS
Tues & Wed 28th & 29th May
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 and a record of their success will be kept in ABRS files.
Cost £90 including certificate. Age 10+. Time 10am-4pm
TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC
FRIDAY 31ST MAY 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 all enjoy a picnic with our teddies!
All children will need to be accompanied by an adult leader
Tues 28th and Wed 29th May
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.
Riders must be confident in canter
PONY BEAUTY COMPETITION
Suitable for our younger riders age 3+
First you will wash, groom, pamper and plait your pony's mane and tails and dress them with ribbons and bobbles to make them look beautiful.
You will then mount your pony and ride to show off your pony's beauty. There will be prizes for the best looking pony and rider!
Smart Dress for all riders please!
Wed 29th May Time 11am-1pm
PRIVATE LESSONS, SIMULATOR LESSONS AND HACKS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE HALF TERM HOLIDAYS.
TEL 0161 969 5853 TO BOOK!
DUE TO DEMAND - NEW DATE ADDED FOR BIOMECHANICS WORKSHOPS
THURSDAY JUNE 27TH 6PM - 8.30PM
Superb opportunity for riders who wish to develop their riding with visiting coach, Denise O'Reilly.
Denise is the UK’s only Ride With Your Mind™ Level 3 coach and has trained with world-renowned biomechanics expert Mary Wanless for over 25 years, and will be visiting Carrington to deliver a workshop.
She’s probably best known for training the ‘ordinary’ horse for Dressage, including her own Irish Draft gelding, Piper, with whom she competed at Advanced level.
Denise will talk about biomechanics to the group followed by a 15 minute individual session on Othello. Focusing on your own personal needs, such as asymmetries, developing your core, sitting trot, canter or lateral work.
Cost £25 per person - very limited places - all welcome.
£10 deposit required to secure place
Ride & Slim
A great way to exercise, lose weight and make new friends!
Held no on Tuesday & Wednesday nights at 8pm
Due to popular demand we have now opened another session on Tuesday nights at 8pm.
If you’re anything like me you’ll always be wondering about finding new ways to help you lose weight..........well look no further!
Here at CRC we are introducing the perfect way to lose weight, exercise and have fun, all at the same time!
Come and join us on a Tuesday or Wednesday night at ...8pm for a great night of Ride & Slim.
Arrive at 7.45pm for your weigh in (optional)
Riding will then start at 8pm for a half hour (cardiovascular targeted) fun lesson
And then at 8.30pm low fat refreshments and coffee will be served while we have an informal chat and social to swap ideas and compare notes!
This is a brilliant way to lose the pounds whilst having loads of fun
Only six riders per group
Suitable for beginners
Over 18’s only
Overnight Tent Holidays
If you're like us and feeling fed up with the weather and willing the winter to be over, then here's a bit of encouragement............summer IS on the way! After such a successful 2012 summer, we have decided to run the summer camp (in tents!) over 3 separate weeks in the school summer holidays and bookings are being taken now!
Gift Vouchers and discounted courses
The ideal present for any rider, lessons can be booked at any time in the usual way. Riders of any standard can be catered for adult or child exisisting CRC riders or new riders welcomed.
Buy 10 half hour group lesson vouchers normal price would be £110.00 for just £100.00 Can be redeemed for any half hour group lesson.
Buy 10 one hour group lesson vouchers normal price would be £180.00 for just £160.00. Can be redeemed for any one hour group lesson.
Adult Volunteers Needed
From Wed 7th Nov, we will need adult volunteers to help bring up and lead ponies for a large special need children's group that will be attending CRC every week. There will be coffee and biscuits and a chat after for anyone who can make it. Time is 10.00 am until 11.30 am.
Please let me know if you can help. Thanks Sharon.
New Helpers Courses
Intermediate & senior levels
Have you completed your entry and want to go further? Well here’s your chance to progress your training by working towards the intermediate level and then senior level of the ABRS Helpers Course.
The courses are held on Thursday at 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Price £10 per night
Age 12+ Intermediate Level
Age 14+ Senior Levels
Each participant will receive a logbook, which is designed to encourage each young helper to develop increasing competence in assisting before, during and after lessons and a growing awareness of health and safety around the yard. Helpers who successfully complete the course may be considered to help out at CRC on weekends and school holidays. On completion of the course, each logbook will be submitted to the ABRS Head Office and the successful candidate will receive an A4 certificate and a record of their success will be kept in ABRS files. Certificate costs £10.
Places are limited, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
Are you thinking of owning your own horse?
Pony Club (A care course) For adults only
Monday evening at 8pm
Are you looking to buy your own horse?
We will teach you all there is to know about taking care of your own horse!
This will include stable management, horse care and maintenance, safety around horses, tack and how to tack up, injuries, signs of illness, field maintenance
Join us now for weekly sessions with Robyn Norton
Cost £10 for an hour’s session
Call now to book on 0161 969 5853
BHS Stage 2- training course
Anyone interested in doing their BHS STAGE 2? We are pleased to announce that Janice Pickup BHSSM has agreed to host our next course. An assessment day is being held on Tuesday November 20th and will include hourly sessions on Flatwork, Jumping, Practical and Theory. You are welcome to do any or all of the assessment sessions which will be running throughout the day. Please call us on 0161 969 5853 to book your slot (limited places)
BHS Stage 1 - training course
One to one training.
Roll on roll off programme.
Work towards a professional qualification supported by Fay Hughes BHSAI
Classes run throughout the week part time – daytime or evening.
Stage 1 candidates must be over 14yrs and be able to walk, trot and canter –
Pre-requisite for Stage 2 is Stage 1
COST: £38.00 Riding and Care sections
£22.00 – one section only
OTHELLO GROUP WEEKEND & EVENING SESSIONS
Every weekend, we are now offering group riding sessions on Othello for just £10 per rider. Each rider will get a 20 min fully instructed session to help improve your riding skills.
Group Session Times:
Friday 5pm-8pm Saturday 9am-11am Sunday 4pm-6pm