The Kiln Equestrian Centre prides itself as a school of excellence.  As well as offering riding lessons for young children and novices we also train riders to excel in dressage, show-jumping or eventing. The Kiln EC can help you take that step from weekly riding lessons to real equestrian skill so you can compete or hack with confidence and maybe even own or share a horse. For those who already own a horse, we can analyse your schooling and performance and coach you to better results in your chosen discipline. We also train ambitious riders towards professional riding and teaching exams.

Dressage

Angela Macleod, the chief instructor at Kiln Stables Farnham has trained with Pammy Hutton FBHS and Molly Sivewright FBHS, FABRS for many years and teaches the classical seat.  We have a wide selection of sensitive and knowledgable horses to take you from Walk and Trot tests all the way up to Medium level.

All of the instructors here teach the same techniques throughout the group dressage classes. We cater for riders who would like to get into dressage and are working at the lower levels in private sessions and small groups so you can understand the technique. These lessons are designed to be fun and inspiring, not stuffy!

A regular group dressage class is taught by the chief or senior instructor every Saturday at 1215. It may also be possible to join in with group staff lessons (stage 2, stage 3) throughout the week. If you are working above Novice level it would be most beneficial to book a private lesson either on your own horse or on one of our school masters.

Kiln Stables, Farnham is also the base for Guildford and South Farnham Riding Club. The club is a collection of members from Farnham, Frensham, Guildford, Alton, Aldershot, Winchester and the surrounding areas. The Club holds dressage rallies every week on a Wednesday from 7pm-830pm. In the rallies, the instructor teaches the class a British Dressage Test and then gives each rider the opportunity to practise the test on their own and receive feedback. The Club runs monthly competitons which includes the dressage tests learned in that month’s rally.

For more details about Guildford and South Farnham Riding Club please follow the link:

www.guildford-farnham-riding.co.uk

Jumping

We have a fantastic selection of jumping horses and ponies suitable for small children through to large men and everyone in between. We have a combination of confidence givers and competitive horses which will happily jump 1m20. We have a brand new set of poly jumps including fillers, skinnys, water trays.

We offer private lessons on your own horse as well as ours and it is possible to hire our showjumps. There are a number of staff jumping lessons throughout the week which riders with some jump experience are welcome to book into. We train in show jumping and cross country riding.

The Chief and Senior instructors both have a successful background in eventing and are able to offer instruction in cross country and show jumping, up to professional exam standard and for competition.

The Guildford and South Farnham Riding Club which is based at Kiln Stables, Farnham also run Jump Club rallies.

For more details about Guildford and South Farnham Riding Club please follow the link:

www.guildford-farnham-riding.co.uk

Under 18s

We provide a variety of services for competent children and teenagers, to encourage them to be the best they can be.

Our instructors are fun and supportive, and most importantly, we teach the proper classical technique from the very outset regardless of age. We can help your children improve their cantering, start jumping, learn dressage, go hacking, compete and even share or own a pony/ small sportshorse.

Experienced under 16s can join our group lessons on Saturdays, afterschool or join hacks and private lessons on Sundays. It may be best to contact us regarding your child’s ability and schedule so we can work out the best sessions.

Under 18s are particularly encouraged to join the Guildford and South Farnham Riding Club to participate in rallies and competitions. We sometimes put forward junior teams  for British Riding Club competitions and can offer ponies and horses on loan to those that do not own them. We offer shares on our horses and can offer our services in choosing the right horse to buy for your child should you wish.

Under 18s can also take riding as part of their GCSE or A Level sport here and we have had a number of 100% grades to date.

Under 18s can also join in with Pony Days and Riding Camps during the holidays and picnic hacks on an ad hoc basis.

Hacking

Kiln Stables, Farnham is based in Holt Pound only a few minutes’ walk from Alice Holt Forest. We are pleased to offer escorted hacking on beautiful forest rides with minimum road work. The one hour ride outs in Alice Holt Forest past Lodge Pond are a perfect way to relax and enjoy the countryside. These short rides are suitable for most standards of rider and can be limited to walking and troting for the less confident riders.

Our 2 hour rides go to the Bluebell Pub in Dockenfield for drinks and carrots (for the horses!) We also go trecking for 3 and 4 hours over to the Bourne Woods and to Frensham Ponds for mini beach rides.

We can often book hacks on the same day so please do not hesitate to give us a call. We can fit in the assessment and mini-lesson immediately before the hack so you don’t have to book a separate lesson as well. We offer the 1 hour private hack for £59, 2 hour hack for £79 or 3 hour hack for £99. Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more riders.  After completing a lesson with us or the assessment and hack option, group hacking starts from £36.

Exam Training

We offer training towards the British Horse Society Stage 1, 2 and 3 exams and the PTT exam. You can choose from stable management practicals and lectures as well as group and private riding lessons. We also offer tailored courses for the horse care and riding sections including mock exam days.

We also offer training towards the NVQ 2 and NVQ 3 qualifications including either the riding, trecking, coaching or breaking in option. There are sometimes spaces for apprentices and trainees. If you are looking to build a career with horses via an apprenticeship please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss and positions we may have available.

Many colleges around the UK have now had their funding pulled by the government so that they are unable to teach riding. If you are looking for an equine course at college level which INCLUDES riding up to Stage 3 then please call us.  You’ll find our tuition fees more palatable too!

Schools/ Colleges/ Universities

We run riding societies for schools, colleges and universities. We cater from beginners to advanced and also offer team training and host inter-school competitions and BUCS league. For more informaton please contact the stables direct 07702 800712.

For the last 2 academic years we have provided the Riding Society Service for the College Of Law Guildford and have piloted their A and B Teams to much success against large universities. Please feel free to click on the link to their page:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=147079808472

We have also worked with a number of local schools including Barfield, Frensham Heights and More House School.

Competition Mentoring

As well as preparing you in your lessons for competitions, we can also come to the show with you to help you warm up, walk the course and know what to wear. This is perfect for young riders or those new to competing to get the most out of  shows whether it be dressage, showjumping, cross country, Riding Club or Pony Club events.

Horse Shares

We offer a number of ponies and horses for 3 day per week shares. The service is an excellent stepping stone towards buying your own horse. Sharers get the experience of owning a horse without the full responsibility or cost. Shares are sometimes taken up by riders who do not have the time to commit to owning a horse properly and we have a number of competitive horses available within our selection. It is also a good option if your child is still growing and you do not wish to buy ponies that will be grown out of.

Sharing at Kiln Stables means that you are in a safe, professional environment with someone always available for assistance or advice. There is a pleasant atmosphere with enough going on and plenty of other people to ride with, either schooling, hacking or joining the riding school lessons at a discounted rate. You also have access to all of our facilities.

There are a variety of animals to share, ranging from 17h warmblood and TB competition horses, to reliable riding school types and well mannered ponies for the children. If there is more than one of you looking to share then do call us on 01420 520005 or email on alannagandrew@aol.com to discuss what options we can tailor to you.

Horses for Sale

From time to time we have horses available for sale. Please contact us for further details.