My friend and I have just come back from an excellent riding holiday at Willington Hall Riding Stables and have been thoroughly spoilt by the excellent horses and tuition we received.
We bought a holiday package deal through the Equestrian Escapes website whereby we had two nights bed and breakfast at Willington Hall Hotel and three private lessons and a hack at the stables all for £305. Given the cost of horse riding lessons in London, this was a bargain!
Our instructor Chris was lovely - she was kind and patient but pushed us and gave us interesting exercises to do in our lessons. It was great to experience an instructor who actually was really focused on our individual needs rather than being the shoutey, bored types who seem to hate giving lessons which I've encountered before.
The other staff at the stables were also friendly and very tolerant of two girls turning up very early for their lessons just so they could pet the horses.
Which brings me on to the real stars - the horses at this school are lovely! They aren't your typical bored, riding school horses who just like to follow the tail of the horse in front and won't be persuaded otherwise. The beauties here compete as well as do lessons. I rode Red who is truly a fantastic horse for a not so confident rider - he's an absolute gent who was responsive, would actually slow down if he felt I was slipping and has a very cute habit of taking his reins in his mouth. I wanted to bring him back to London with me!
All in all, I can't recommend this place enough and want to come back again soon!
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