Docklands Equestrian Centre is a BHS & ABRS approved riding centre and offers riding lessons and training all the year round. We have both an indoor arena (20 x 60m) and outdoor menage (20 x 40m) with an all weather surface. We cater for all levels of rider including Riding for the Disabled (RDA).
We have 22 horses and ponies and offer private, semi-private (maximum 3 persons) and group lessons to suit riders of all abilities from very experienced competitive riders to absolute beginners.
We hold regular horse competitions and clinics and run a variety of children’s activities during term time and the school holidays.
We also have working pupils who are training to become qualified riding instructors, with a view to pursuing a career within the equine industry.
Our horses are stabled in an open plan American style barn with 22 loose boxes, a farriers box, tack room, wash room, tea room, and toilet.
Pony RidesSat - Sun
Pre-Pay and SAVE!
Book and Pay for 5 lessons – the 5th lesson HALF PRICE!
Book and Pay for 10 lessons – the 10th lesson is FREE!
E.g.: 5 Child Group lessons = £90 or 10 Child Group lessons = £180
(non-refundable & must be used within six months of purchase.)
Group lessons are an hour long and run at set times Tuesday - Sunday with a maximum of 6 riders of similar ability.
We do our best to accommodate requests for alternative times where possible and start new groups in line with demand.
Tuesday 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Semi-private lessons are 30 Minutes or 60 Minutes long and can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.
Semi-private lessons are ideal for families or friends (maximum of 3 riders) that would like to ride as a group.
These can be scheduled for any day and time upon request.
For availability and to book please call 0207 473 4951.
Pony Rides are a perfect way to introduce three year olds to horse riding in a secure and friendly setting. Laps on one of our smallest ponies gets each child used to being in the saddle and holding the reins which stands our tiniest jockeys in good stead for developing their riding skills once they have reached their 5th birthday and can start having “proper” lessons.
Saturdays and Sunday's 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bookings and Payments
Bookings are made by telephone. Payments are made in cash upon arrival at each lesson.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your lesson to allow time for putting on hats & boots and, for the more confident and experienced riders, collecting your pony/horse from the stable block.
If your child has wanted a pony of your their own, come and borrow one of ours for the day.
Your child will be allocated a horse that matches their ability and experience. The day starts at 10am with a brief safety talk. They will be shown how to fetch, tack and lead their horse from the stable.
During the day, the children will get to ride twice, a one hour riding lesson and a half an hour ride and games. The children will also learn how to feed, groom and tidy up after their horses.
Own a Pony Days are very popular so book early!
School Holidays 10:00am - 3:00pm
For clients who would like to gain a little more experience and confidence in handling our horses, alongside learning more about the management and care of horses.
Each session will consist of some theory work to allow you to understand the principles of why things are done; this will be followed by a practical session so you can put into practice what you have learnt.
Any day. With limited availability
The small print
- All prices are per person
- Adults are classed as 16 years & over.
- Lessons are booked up to a week in advance and we regret that we cannot guarantee a specific instructor or horse/pony though we do our best to accommodate all requests.
- Please ensure that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your ride time to give yourself enough time to put on your hat, boots and other protective clothing. Late arrival is both disruptive and expensive – You will still have to pay the Full Fee but may n
ot be able to join the ride immediately and may have to wait until it is safe to do so.
- Boots and hats are supplied free of charge
- Every Rider must complete a Rider Registration Form before their first mounting. This can be completed quickly at reception before the first Lesson can take place. You can download our Riders Registeration Form here.
- Rider Limits
For Health & Safety reasons we do have a 12 stone/76kg weight limit.
Riding Lesson Minimum Age : 5 yrs
Pony Rides Minimum Age: 3 yrs
Please note that we have a weight limit of 12stone/76kg for all riders.
Whilst we try to be as accommodating of our clients as possible, therefore if you need to amend or cancel a booking, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance. Same day cancellations or amendments will incur the full lesson fee to cover the irrecoverable costs incurred by Docklands Equestrian Centre.