The Kiln Equestrian Centre prides itself as a school of excellence. We train riders to excel in dressage, show-jumping or eventing. The Kiln Equestrian Centre can help you take that step from weekly riding lessons to real equestrian skill so you can compete or hack with confidence, ride more advanced movements or challenging horses 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 train GCSE, and A Level pupils, BUCS league and offer Riding Club events for all ages on site. We also train career riders towards professional riding and teaching exams.
Angela Macleod BHS Int.T, the Chief Instructor at The Kiln Equestrian Centre rides to a high level in dressage and has trained with International dressage rider and trainer Pammy Hutton FBHS (and previously the late Molly Sivewright FBHS, FABRS) for 20 years and teaches the classical seat. Angela’s daughter Alanna Macleod-Andrew BHSAI, Senior Instructor, also trained with Pammy Hutton FBHS and her children Charlie and Pippa Hutton and has some promising rides this season.
We are also extremely fortunate to have Grand Prix riders Charlie Hutton and Pippa Hutton (both ex GB Team) from the Talland School of Equitation running clinics here every fortnight. Contact us for the next dates.
We have a wide selection of sensitive and knowledgeable horses to take you from your first Walk and Trot test all the way up to Medium level, and you are welcome to bring your own horse for lessons or training. Private and group training is available.
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 clinic is taught by the chief or senior instructor every Saturday at 1215pm, Wednesday at 7.15pm and Friday at 6.30pm . 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 in the first instance. NB riding helmets must be worn regardless of ability.
The Kiln Equestrian Centre is also the base for Guildford and South Riding Club. The Club holds regular rallies and competitions on site.
Angela Macleod BHS Int. T, the Chief Instructor here has competed successfully in affiliated show-jumping and eventing and trained extensively with Sir Mark Todd and the late Ernest Scattergood RMP, who represented the GB Army at many national and international competitions. Our jump horses range from calm confidence givers to talented sports horses so there is something to suit everyone, although you may bring your own horse for lessons. We have a new set of safe lightweight plastic jumps including fillers, skinnys, water trays and a fantastic large indoor school 60m x 30m to give you plenty of room to practise. We offer private and small group jumping lessons from introductory level up to exam training or competition coaching. We also offer XC training at nearby Tweseldown and Munstead.
The Guildford and South Riding Club which is based at The Kiln Equestrian Centre also runs regular jump rallies and competitions. Please note body protectors are required for jumping.
3. 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 or compete.
Experienced under 18s 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. We also run Pony Days and Riding Camps during the holidays and picnic hacks on an ad hoc basis.
Under 18s are particularly encouraged to join the Guildford and South 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 ponies and can offer our services in choosing the right horse to buy for your child should you wish.
Under 18s can also do the sport section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award with us and take riding as part of their GCSE or A Level sport here – we are delighted to report many 100% grades to date.
The Kiln Equestrian Centre 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 walk and trot for riders who have passed our assessment but perhaps lack the confidence or desire to go faster.
Our 2 hour rides go to the Bluebell Pub in Dockenfield for drinks and carrots (for the horses!) We also go trekking for 3 and 4 hours over to the Bourne Woods and to Frensham Ponds for mini beach rides by arrangement.
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.
5. 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, trekking, 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!
6. 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. Our alumni include Edgeborough School, Frensham Heights, The College of Law, Barfield School, Rodgborough School, More House School. For more information or to tailor an after school club with us, please enquire.
7. 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, show-jumping, cross country, Riding Club or Pony Club events.
8. Horse Shares/ Sales
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 The Kiln Equestrian Centre 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 horses to share, ranging from 17h warmblood and TB competition horses, to reliable riding school types and well- mannered ponies for the children. Please feel free to enquire.
From time to time we have horses available for sale. Please contact us for further details.
Riding is a risk sport and regrettably all horses can be unpredictable. We try to manage that risk by using well trained horses that we have owned in most instances for many years. If you do not feel confident about any exercise, horse, or situation please do speak up and your instructor will be happy to help. It is of paramount importance that you let us know if you have any medical conditions or injuries or are feeling unwell before each and every ride so that we can be ready to help. Please note that in the interests of safety, clients may only go hacking, join group lessons or start jumping after passing the relevant riding assessment.
10. Returning Riders
If you haven’t ridden for a long time, it is daunting to go straight into a group lesson full of riders who all know the horses, the instructor and what they are supposed to be doing! We suggest that you join us for a private lesson on one of our safe schoolmasters to see what you remember and what needs work, without a throng of distractions.
Our instructors will quickly assess your level and work specifically on what you find difficult; improving your position, filling in any gaps you may have about technique or jargon and building your confidence. After the lesson you can sit down and plan a programme to help you improve and work towards goals you set. It may be that you wish to stick with a few more private classes, or go straight into one of our friendly novice groups. We can also recommend books or websites to help build your knowledge and physical exercises for you to do at home to improve your fitness, strength or posture.
We have small horses if the height puts you off, steady horses if you are worried about going to quickly and experienced retired competition horses if you are out of practice but don’t want to ride a “riding school” type.
Once you have taken that first step, you can either go for an intensive course of private lessons – we have a deal on for a 6 session course priced at £314 – or why not join one of our Take Back the Reins sessions? These run at a special discount price weekdays at 11am and include grooming and tacking up your horse (with help!), a riding lesson, plus a tea or coffee with the group. A perfect way to get back in to riding, build your fitness and have fun with new people – or why not come with your friends? Sessions last 1 hr 15 minutes and cost just £29 or £126 for 5 sessions. We run similar sessions on a Tuesday evening at 6.45pm which are £36 each, or £157 for 5 sessions.