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COVID-19 Customer Announcement – 4th July 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are now open for lessons – with some restrictions. These Guidelines are shown on our dedicated Covid-19 page.

About Us

The Docklands Equestrian Centre is a BHS affiliated and ABRS approved riding school, owned and operated by the UK registered charity, Newham Riding School & Association Ltd.Located in East London within the 2012 Olympic Games area, the organisation’s aim is to provide a top quality facility where local disabled and able bodied children and adults have the opportunity to learn to ride and care for horses at affordable prices.

Docklands Equestrian Centre holds regular events and clinics and runs a variety of children’s activities during term time and the school holidays as well as taking on local working pupils who want to become qualified riding instructors and work with horses.

Loan Horses Needed

We are desperately looking for some more ponies/horses to join our well loved and cared for first class team. This can either be on a short-term / long-term loan basis, loan with a view to buy or if suitable straight to buy.

We have a full range of clients both abled bodied and disabled and therefore the pony/horse needs to be suitable for all Riding School activities from Lead rein, through to Novice and Advanced.

Our ponies/horses, share a purpose built American Barn and are well cared for by our excellent staff. We also have a both an indoor arena and outdoor manage, to ensure our ponies can be exercised all year round, rain or shine.

If you – or anyone you know – have a suitable horse/pony that you wish to put up for loan or sell please email us at riding.school@btconnect.com or telephone 0207 511 3917 for more details.

We welcome visitors, so please feel free to come and have a look around to ensure you are completely satisfied with your horse’s potentially new temporary or permanent home.

GOOD NEWS! Pony Rides have resumed

Pony Rides are on Saturday’s and Sunday’s
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Pony Riders Covid-19 Guidelines

At this time all pony ride fees are to be paid at the office in the Main Building. This way we can observe the Plus One Metre distancing rule as there is a screen in place. The cost is £1 per lap and you will be given numbered tickets for the laps you have purchased.

All riders MUST wear a facemask and gloves whilst riding – regardless of age. Our staff and volunteers will also be wearing a facemask and gloves whilst maintaining the Plus One Metre distancing rule.

Young riders [Aged below 10] will also need somebody to walk alongside them. For this we would ask that a member of the same household be available to be a side-walker giving that support. For young children under 5 the Supporter must stay in physical contact with the rider.

Supporters are also requested to wear a facemask. Please ensure you are wearing appropriate footwear when entering the Arena i.e. Boots or Trainers.

PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN SHOES OR SANDALS. NO SHORTS OR SKIRTS ie. All riders must wear full length bottoms

We would like to remind you that all photos and/or videos of the ride must be taken from OUTSIDE THE ARENA ONLY. At the end of the ride a photograph may be taken before dismounting.

If you do not have facemask or gloves we do have some available for you to purchase.

You may have as many laps as you wish but can only use 5 at one time. After you have ridden your first 5 laps you must dismount and go to the end of the queue to ride again. This will enable the queue to move more swiftly and gives you the opportunity to ride a different pony/horse.

Our comprehensive Coronavirus Guidelines are shown on our dedicated Covid-19 page and we require all customers to read through it before booking and attending.