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Services available at our Equestrian Centre

Due to confirmed cases of Strangles in the local area we are taking the following precautionary measures, effective from 17th October 2017:

  • Disinfectant mats at both entrances to the yard to be walked and driven over by everyone entering the Equestrian Centre
  • Cancelled any shows running in the next 7 days, this includes Saturday 21st October and Unaffiliated Long Arena Dressage on Monday 23rd October.
  • Educating our students and clients by sharing information on Strangles and advising them on how to prevent the spread of the infection
  • Restricting the movement of horses in and out of the Equestrian Centre to the local area
  • Restricting non-essential access to the Equestrian centre
  • The above precautions will be in place for the next 7 days, we will then advise if any further action is required

Course Hire

Oaklands College is home to a fully equipped horse facilities which are available for hire.

Our facilities include:

  • Indoor school: There are four cameras located around the school which transmit back to a large LCD screen, footage can be replayed to evaluate performance. A 20 x 40 metres arena with a geltrack surface. There is also a gallery with seating.
  • Outdoor school: We have a fully floodlit, 25 x 60 metres arena with a weather resistant sand and rubber surface, especially chosen by us to offer maximum safety to you and maximum comfort to your horse.
  • Horse walker: A five horse Monarch horsewalker with rubber brick surface. A horsewalker is a useful time saving way of exercising your horses, and also of cooling them down after a ride.
  • Solarium: Solariums can help improve a horses performance, the heat energy penetrates the skin helping to stimulate blood circulation and aiding recovery from injuries.
  • Cross country: We have a beautiful cross country course with a selection of fences ranging from 1'6" to 3'6", based out our idylic St Albans Campus.
  • Weighbridge: The weight of your horse is the basic guide to calculating balanced rations, the single most necessary factor for sound health and good performance.

Riding School

With a wide range of horses of different ages, shapes and sizes we cater for riders of all abilities; from those who have never ridden before to weathered riders. Lessons are organised by level of rider experience to ensure riders have the best opportunity to progress and develop their riding skills.

Taught by a BHS qualified riding instructor our lessons are fun and varied as well as being designed to stretch and challenge. Pole work, jumping and lateral school movements are all examples of the varied content included in lessons.

Group and private lessons are available at every Saturday between 8.30am and 5.00pm; additional private lessons are available on Tuesday mornings between 8.30am and 12pm. To ride at Oaklands riders need to be at least one metre high and 6 years of age.

The sessions are suitable for all levels:

  • Lead Rein: Lead rein lessons are for total beginners, each rider will be allocated a horse with a leader. The lessons will include how to mount and dismount the horse correctly and cover the the basics of riding.
  • Beginner: n beginner lessons riders work on maintaining a balanced and correct position in walk and trot off the lead rein. Riders will develop the ability to steer and control the horse while maintaining the correct position and progress on to riding different school figures in walk and trot.
  • Novice: Now walk, trot and canter is established, this group will stretch riders to be able to work through all three transitions in the correct riding position. Riders will start to develop the correct position and confidence over poles with the aim to progress onto working over small fences.
  • Intermediate: Split into adult and children classes the intermediate lessons will enable riders to learn how to use their secure position and lateral work (leg yield, shoulder in) to get the best way of going out of the horse. Grid work will be introduced to develop confidence in jumping before progressing on to linking jumps together in a course.
  • Advanced: Riders will develop a ‘feel’ for the horse and learn how to work various horses in a correct outline as well as further develop their position for flatwork and over jumps.
  • BS Progressive Riding Tests: Riders can start to work towards the BHS Progressive Riding Tests within lessons.

Professional Riding Clinics

Our Equestrian Centre is pleased to offer clinics on show jumping and dressage. The sessions are delivered by a range of professional trainers with wide industry experience, and are open to the public.

Please contact us if you’re interested in any of the sessions listed below and we will help arrange it for you:

  • Show jumping clinic with Mia Palles Clark
  • Dressage to music ridden workshop
  • Dressage clinics with Rebecca Hughes
  • Show jumping clinic with Stuart Reeve-Young

Contact us

Get in touch if you'd like to know more about any of the services listed here or would like to speak to us about any specialist requirements.

equine@oaklands.ac.uk  01727 737000