Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre was built in 2004 and gave its first riding lesson in October the same year. We built the facilities to breed Spanish horses but local people began to use the arena and others telephoned asking for lessons.
Karen has six children and most of them ride. so the riding school began with the childrens out-grown ponies and Karens horse - four showjumping ponies and a showjumping horse! Now the school has six ponies, four cobs, a Freisian cross, two Spanish geldings and an Irish horse all giving lessons for beginners, novices and more advanced riders.
Tamzin, Zara and Amy, Karen's daughters all help in the riding school giving lessons and taking hacks out. Karen and 'the girls' all compete showjumping and have won and been placed in many show jumping competitions and championships at home and in Spain!
We are very good at calming and training both horses and people!!
We hold two high jump records at Trawden Agricultural Show. In 2007 Hallelujah Amore our 14hh pony cleared 1.60cm (5'3") and then in 2011 Hallelujah Carlo our 17.2hh Irish horse broke that record clearing 1.72cm (5'7"). In 2013 Amy rode Carlo BAREBACK and broke the height record AGAIN!! We train all the horses and ponies ourselves.
We give Spanish horse displays at the equestrian centre and also at agricultural and horse shows. The displays are a look at the role of the Spanish horse through history and as part of the show, the horses are expected to canter whilst the riders pop balloons and spear rings with ribbons streaming out, all this right next to busy crowds, fun fair rides and all the noise and excitement that accompanies large outdoor events!
To train horses who will quietly perform, relaxed and calm takes skill, we have this skill and will help you to understand horses and ponies.
Tamzin is BHSAI qualified and with Karen produces teaching videos and illustrated leaflets to help teach horsemanship. Zara has spent time in Spain learning with Richard and Sue Lust, world famous Spanish horse breeders, trainers and judges.
If you are interested in taking up horse riding we can help you. We can help you to overcome your nerves and start to understand and develop as a rider.
Tamzin, Karen, Zara
Tamzin riding Jubileo (pure bred Spanish stallion) to victory at the Trailblazers Championships
Karen riding Hallelujah Carlo into second place at the 'Sunshine tour' international showjumping in Spain
Zara riding pure bred Spanish stallion 'Ruach'
'a la Groupa' with sister Amy.
Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre has good horses and ponies for horse riding lessons and pony riding lessons. To experience stunning scenery and Yorkshire riding at its best enjoy a horse riding hack. We breed Spanish horses (Andalusians) at our equestrian stables, the Spanish horse (Andalusian) is good in the riding school. Our good ponies give pony lessons and for pony fun and pony games why not book one of our popular pony parties as a birthday treat at our riding school.