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“Good for children and beginners”

Carrington Riding Centre
Reviewed 30 December 2013

I've been to CRC a few times now and can say that I think it's a good place for those learning to ride. My nephew is 5 and has had a few private as well as group lessons, and has thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The group lessons are run well, and the facilities and instructors are all very good.

A few downsides for me though:
Parents are expected to lead their children on the ponies - don't get me wrong, if you ask then they will get someone for you, but I think it's strange that this isn't the norm
No back protectors provided - something I feel should at least be offered
You're expected to bring your own pony/horse from it's stable to your lesson - again, I find it strange that someone who is learning to ride would be doing this when they haven't been shown properly. Yes the horses/ponies are very placid but at the end of the day, they're still flight animals that could bolt if something frightened them enough.
And finally, having ridden a few of the horses in lessons as an intermediate rider, I feel as though the horse got more from the lesson than I did...

These are only small things really though - I'm still taking my nephew, and he thoroughly enjoys himself! I would recommend CRC if you want somewhere local to learn to ride - the staff are friendly and the instructors good. I would suggest taking a horsey-friend with you if you can though to help you with the extras that you might not be that comfortable with!

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

My granddaughter wanted something different for her 7th birthday so off we all went for a pony party 6 children and 5 adults we had a great time the lady that takes you round lets the children ask lots of questions they brush the pony s have a ride on them it was in door because it was raining but that didn't matter one bit the food we had pizza which was nice Lexie loved it and on the way back home she told me this is my best party ever well done all of you it was a great day and good price just one little thing the lady in the cafe need to smile its a birthday party thanks girls

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Reviewed 16 August 2013

My daughters have had lessons over the last couple of months at CRC. They were complete novices when they started and this is the first stables that have visited. The lessons have been excellent and very enjoyable so we decided to book into the holiday club run during August 2013. Both daughters, aged 11 and 13 years old had a fantastic time. Lot's of riding, hacks out, lessons in jumping. They can now canter. They have looked after all the ponies, from grooming and mucking out. The basement of the owners house, a small converted flat is used for sleeping accommodation, bit like glamping! All food was provided, BBQ's, they watched videos, competitions were run and small prizes won. All in all excellent value for money and they will definitely be returning.

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Reviewed 30 May 2013

i recently spent a day on the farm at CRC and i must say i would recommend this to anyone, im 52 years old and a complete beginner but was made to feel comfortable and at ease, the lesson was great the instructor Lisa was so friendly and helpful i will certainly be going again

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Reviewed 11 January 2013

My daughter, now 12, has ridden at four local riding schools, including CRC. Carrington is far and away the best organised and friendliest.

Thank Stephen P
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