Situated in 50 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and within easy reach of London and Cambridge, Contessa Riding Centre is a Riding and Training centre specialising in Dressage. Contessa was voted third Best Riding School in Europe 2006 – the highest placed British entry.

Contessa is approved by the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools. A BHS ‘Where to Train’ centre, rated A5 able to train candidates up to BHSI, it is also one of only a few centres in the UK to offer the ABRS Advanced Teaching Diploma.

Proprietor Tina Layton-Elliott BHSI has competed to Grand Prix level and ridden internationally on her mare Pik Dame who she trained from a three year old to Grand Prix. She has always worked to a classical method of training that she works to instil in all her Instructors and students. The philosophy at Contessa is to strive to create harmony between horse and rider and to work as a partnership with the horse.

Contessa is able to offer excellent tuition on a variety of well-mannered and well-schooled horses for riders of all levels, from experienced riders to complete beginners. Contessa is able to offer lessons in Show Jumping even though we specialise in Dressage.


BHS Instructors, Dressage Instructors, Show Jumping Instructors


Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside

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