Courses and Events

During the school holidays we offer Childrens Pony Days, where they learn to look after the ponies including grooming, tacking up, leading, feeding & mucking out as well as having a riding lesson. In the afternoon there is a fun gymkhana where everyone swaps ponies and has team games. These days are for children of 8 years and over. 

Childrens riding at Shipham Riding

For the younger child we offer a mini pony day , where they come just for the morning, have a riding lesson and learn pony care, as the older children do.

SHipham Riding horse management
Child riding lessons at Shipham Riding

Our 5 Day Intensive Courses have proved extremely popular.  The childrens courses are held during the summer holidays and give the children a real taste of owning their own pony.  They are from 9.00am to 5.00pm and involve catching, leading, grooming, tacking up, feeding, mucking out, cleaning tack, learning to plait etc as well as loads of riding.  The riding is a mixture of lessons depending on ability , flat work and jumping, and hacking out over the Mendips, including a day ride, stopping for a picnic lunch.  The last day is a flurry of activity - the children turn their ponies out to perfection including plaiting, and then take part in various fun competitions, depending on experience, such as dressage, jumping and gymkhana.  These weeks are great fun and increase childrens confidence enormously, as well as letting them know how much work is involved in owning a pony.  Own ponies are also welcome on these courses.

Christmas Ride

Our Small Childs Courses are similar to the above but cater for children of under 8 years and are for half a day , 5 days a week.  You will see your child come on in leaps and bounds after one of our courses.

lunch on a day ride

The Adults Courses are similar to above , but run outside of the main school holidays, and again are a big confidence and experience boost, and can be catered to the riding ability and aspirations of the individual.

Day ride

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Shipham Riding, Broadway, Shipham, Somerset BS25 1UE, United Kingdom

Telephone 01934 843522, email janeshipham@hotmail.com