Lessons & Prices
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, shared-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 offer a points based volunteers program to our riders 12yrs and over who want to gain experience in stable management. Volunteers points can earn them free lessons.
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.
• with effect from 1st August 2021.
GroupTues-Thur, Sat & Sun
GroupTues-Thur, Sat & Sun
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 1 Hour Group lessons = £112.50 or 10 Child 1 Hour Group lessons = £225.00
(non-refundable & must be used within six months of purchase.)
Group lessons are an hour long and run at set times Tuesday - Thursday, Saturday & 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 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Shared-private lessons are 30 Minutes long and can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.
Shared-private lessons are ideal for families or friends of the same riding ability (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 Sundays 1:00pm - 2:30pm
£1.50 per lap - or 4 laps for £5.00 per rider.
Tickets go on sale at 1.00 pm when the riding lesson taking place in the arena has finished.
In the interests of Health and Safety please do not approach the building before that time as the activity is liable to spook the horse and rider on the lesson.
Please remain behind the barriers until this time.
Riders can start from 3 years but must also be at least 36 inches tall.
People of all ages are welcome but we do have a very strict 75KG weight limit.
Please ensure the rider is wearing FULL LENGTH BOTTOMS. No skirts, shorts or skorts.
Young riders aged below 10 or less than 55” tall 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.
The last ticket is sold at 2.30 pm promptly.
After this time you will not be able to buy your tickets so please ensure you allow enough time to get here - taking into account possible travel delays.
Bookings and Payments
Bookings are made by telephone. Payments are made in cash or card 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 two riding lessons. The children will also learn grooming and stable management.
Own-a-Pony Days are very popular so book early!
School Holidays 10:00am - 3:00pm
Summer '22 Own-a-Pony Days will be held on Tuesday's only
From 22 July '22 - 31 Aug '22
A £20 deposit is required to secure your child's place on an OAP day.
This to be paid directly into our bank with the following details:
BANK - HSBC
SORT CODE - 40 06 21
ACCOUNT NO: 51698729
Show reference as the rider's name and date of OAP they are booking. e.g: Candice OAP 26.7
Please call us to ensure there is availability BEFORE paying deposit.
Ride & Groom Days
This Summer we are introducing 'Ride & Groom' Days.
On every Wednesday until 31 Aug '22.
10:00 - 12:00pm
This is a riding lesson and grooming session.
Please call us to ensure there is availiability
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 anyone not attending school or college.
- 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 not 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/75kg weight limit.
Riding Lesson Minimum Age : 5 yrs
Pony Rides Minimum Age: 3 yrs and 36 inches tall
Please note that we have a weight limit of 12stone/75kg 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 48 hours in advance. Same day cancellations or amendments will incur the full lesson fee to cover the irrecoverable costs incurred by Docklands Equestrian Centre.