Pockerley Riding SchoolStanley, County Durham
The friendly and welcomingPockerley Riding School is set in the gorgeous heart of the Beamish countryside and boasts beautiful riding through peaceful woodlands and off road tracks. All staff are BHS qualified or trained to the BHS levels. Lessons are available for all ages but begin with an assessment of ability so absolute beginners get the support they need from the very start.
Their new Pony Club Centre is a popular addition to Pockerley where children and youngsters (aged 5 to 21 years old) are encouraged to learn about the caring and practical side of horse and pony care alongside their riding experiences. Achievement badges, awards and practical exams are run throughout the Pony Club season, which is March through October, and Pony Club camps are organised regularly in July and August too for a more immersive learning experience.
There are 2 large outdoor arenas for teaching purposes, a smaller open arena (20m x 40m) and a larger open arena (30m x 50m), the latter of which also serves as a show jumping area and has a good selection of show jumps to show off on!
All arenas are of high standard with all weather surfaces and are also floodlit. The larger arena has a fitted microphone system for mass communication and there is also a small cross country course on site! As well as these on-site facilities, there are plenty of opportunities to hack and trek through the beautiful, local countryside on their well mannered mounts.
A small coffee shop is situated on the premises and this provides viewing for both arenas, ideal for proud parents spectating. And it is all easily accessible from the A1 and approx 1 mile from the famous Beamish museum which is well worth a visit too!
Booking available (& required) year round with occasional seasonal closures due to weather so be sure to check
Pricing & Tickets
Introductory lessons from £20 Private tuition from £24 Group lead rein from £12 Group lessons from £20 Various group hacks from £20
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