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Equestrian Centre

Trot on over to the Calvert Exmoor Equestrian Centre for riding lessons, arena hire, hacks around the Reservoir, parties and chats with our friendly horses...

Welcome ‘neigh-bours’ to the Calvert Exmoor Equestrian Centre. 

Yard manager, Sophie, and the rest of the amazing Equestrian Centre team provide educational riding, arena hire and horse-based events for the general public, whilst also overseeing horse and carriage sessions for the Calvert Exmoor residential guests staying on site.

This page is dedicated to the public side of the Equestrian Centre; if you’d like to learn about stables sessions as part of a residential break, visit this activity page.

The Equestrian Centre caters for the local community, offering riding lessons and arena hire for people with and without disabilities. There are on-site stables, an indoor arena with viewing gallery, as well as a purpose-built outdoor manège.

Our horses are specially selected and trained to have the perfect temperament for riders of all types, and range in various sizes from ponies to larger horses. For those unable to ride, we also have an adapted wheelchair-accessible carriage.

What's on offer

A guest in a blue fleece and gloves wearing a riding hat is riding a ginger coloured horse in the indoor arena at Calvert Exmoor's Equestrian Centre. There are other guests on horses in the background.

Riding lessons

A guest in a blue fleece and gloves wearing a riding hat is riding a ginger coloured horse in the indoor arena at Calvert Exmoor's Equestrian Centre. There are other guests on horses in the background.

Riding lessons

Everyone is welcome, with accessible riding lessons being our speciality. There is a strong sense of family and unity, with a small team overseeing lessons for ongoing familiarity and trust.

From newbies to past riders wanting to take the reins once again, call 01598 763221 (option 2) to arrange a riding lesson with the accredited stage 2 and 3 riding school coaches.

  • 30 minute group lesson/ride: £27 per person
  • 30 minute private lesson/ride: £37
  • 1 hour group lesson/ride: £37 per person
  • 1 hour private lesson/ride: £47
  • 30 minute grooming session: £20 per person

 

Weight restrictions and T&Cs apply, see bottom of page for details*

Arena hire

Arena hire

There is a 20 x 40m indoor arena for hire in the heart of the North Devon countryside, giving you a quiet put practical place to do whatever you wish.

Give the team a call on 01598 763221 (option 2) to discuss availability.

  • Individual and Private: £15 per hour
  • Club and Events: £20 per hour
  • Equipment/jumps can be arranged for an additional charge of £5, please mention your requirements when booking

Parties

Parties

Birthdays, celebrations, Christmas fun; whatever the excuse to throw a party, we’ve got you covered with a venue inside the stables with the horses and ponies right alongside you.

You provide the food, cake and drink (no alcohol please adults) and we’ll provide the horses and ponies to ride and groom.

  • £35 per person
  • A minimum of 4 children

Weight restrictions and T&Cs apply, see bottom of page for details*

Own a pony for the day

Own a pony for the day

If you have a horsey-mad youngster in your life, give them the opportunity to care for and own pony for a day!

Children attending these jam-packed sessions will be guided by our fantastic Stables Team and get to enjoy:

  • A one-hour riding lesson
  • A one-hour hack around Wistlandpound Reservoir
  • Grooming
  • Tacking up
  • Feeding
  • Mucking out and general duties

Key details:

  • Every Saturday
  • Full day: 10am to 4pm; £85 per child
  • Half day 10am to 1pm; £50 per child
  • For ages 7+

Children will need to bring:

  • Packed lunch and refreshments
  • Suitable clothing for the weather and riding:
    • Trousers/leggings/jodhpurs (must)
    • Riding boots/jodhpur boots/wellies (must)
    • Jumper/coat suitable for the weather

Weight restrictions and T&Cs apply, see bottom of page for details*

Clear round

Clear round

Join us for a fun friendly evening of jumping a course of up to 8 fences including spreads and combinations.

Clear round show jumping events take place on pre-arranged dates, starting from 5pm.

Please phone 01598 763221 (option 2) to learn when the next upcoming event will take place.

No maximum or minimum hight, your aim is to jump a clear round.

  • £6 per round or 3 for £15
  • Plenty of space for parking with horse trailers or boxes

Hacking out

Hacking out

The Equestrian Centre regular riders and coaches love hacking out. Whilst learners often travel down to Wistlandpound Reservoir, there is the opportunity for more practised riders to go further afield, to beautiful places like Arlington Court.

 

If you’re an experienced rider who can confidently Walk/Trot/Canter out and about in the countryside and on public roads, come and enjoy the beautiful countryside on our amazing horses with your friends or family.

 

(Any riders joining us for the first time, a pre-assessment for riding ability in the arena will be done before heading out).

 

If you’re interested in finding out more and to book your place please give the Equestrian team a call on 01598 763221.

British Horse Society

We are a British Horse Society (BHS) approved facility (no.1083), with a BHS Accredited Professional Coach. (Plus the carriage driving instructors are trained to British Driving Society (BDS) standards.)

In 2022, we also proudly became a Changing Lives Through Horses (CLTH) centre, and provide sessions to young riders aged between 5-25 as part of the CLTH programme.

Through the BHS led CLTH and their Pony Stars awards, the Equestrian Centre doesn’t just offer riding lessons, but an ongoing educational programme to develop knowledge and skills including natural horsemanship, stable management, understanding horse behaviour and working horses, as well as horse riding and carriage driving.

*Important information

To guarantee your slot you need to book and pay a month in advance.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

20% deposit is required upon booking for Clubs and Events arena hire.

Cancellation Fees:

Individuals/Groups…
If cancelled before 5pm on the day before the booked session – no fee
If cancelled after 5pm on the day before the booked session – full payment

Clubs and Events…
If cancelled at least 10 days before the booked session – 20% deposit
If cancelled within 10 days of the booked session – full payment

Please note there are weight restrictions for guests wishing to participate in riding or carriage driving using the Calvert Exmoor’s horses and ponies.

The restrictions are:
13st 7lb for riding
17st for carriage driving (including wheelchair if needed)

These restrictions are for the ongoing health of the horses and ponies. Please don’t be offended if you are required to be weighed in private; it is never our intention to insult or judge individuals, but to put the safety and health of the animals before anything else.