Why ride at Aldersbrook
year Aldersbrook Riding School celebrates its 40th anniversary!
links on the left will introduce you to the yard, the staff and most importantly,
the horses.In 1973, Ida wanted
to get ponies and children together for their mutual benefit. That aim remains
today. Over 20 years ago, by popular demand, a livery stables was established.
Both businesses continue to express the same ethos with which it started.
cared for horses are good for everyone!"
Ida has always cared about animal
well being. As an ex-teacher and experienced rider, Ida used to make young horses,
re-school problem ones, and exercise point-to-point horses and show jumpers. She was
grateful for the help of Mrs. Myrna Brewer whose experience was in teaching children
to ride. The two ladies brought all their skills together, obtained their BHSAI
qualifications and developed the riding school from a piece of wooded waste land.
to follow the horse's movement before seeking to influence it, is a necessary
but often neglected foundation for riding. The objective is unity, harmony, not
the dominance of one creature by another."
Aldersbrook Riding School organises activities for children
and for adults all year, as well as special activities
for children with our lovely horses and ponies during the school holidays.
ride at Aldersbrook Riding School?
BHS Qualified Staff
Small group lessons
Friendly and happy horses
To get fit
Improve your posture
Good local hacking
physiotherapist tells us that riding will exercise and strengthen all muscles,
and ligaments. It will also improve your posture. "An hour's horse riding
is the same as a good jog or game of tennis, and can use 220 calories per hour
" - BHS website
Riding School's staff
We have recently
received an award from the British Horse Society for operating as an approved
riding school for 25 years or more during their 25 year Diamond Jubilee (1947-2007).
This award was actually received on Ida Thorne's (the Proprietress) 70th birthday,
29th August 2007, so it was a double celebration.
our team at Aldersbrook:
is always available to discuss specific problems about riding or horses.
is a wonderful riding teacher
- particularly for nervous children and adults.
helps organise the activities and supports Julie and Steve but she does not teach
She is often to be found in the reception on a weekend.
is a relatively new member of the team and is proving himself to be a valuable
He teaches adults and children's groups and private and semi private
loves animals and has amazing
Aldersbrook Riding School Ltd has
received their first Riding School licence in June 1974 and so have actually been
an approved Riding School for 33 years. The led pony in the picture is of Alfie
our 33 year old pony, who is now retired, who has been with Aldersbrook Riding
School for the whole 25 year period along with the Proprietress and 2 of our instructors.Aldersbrook
Riding School and Livery Stables has provided riding facilities for the local
community for over 33 years and the recent acquisition of an indoor riding
arena, funded by the founder, Ida Thorne's, personal legacy, has kept staff, clients
and ponies dry during this wet Summer. During
the Summer many children have enjoyed pony mornings, holiday weeks and hacking
on Wanstead Flats and The Forest, culminating in their annual Bank Holiday show.
It is very much hoped that the Riding School will survive the ever increasing
financial demands and be able to continue to provide the community with a local
here to see pictures of our much loved horses
Aldersbrook Livery Stable
For over 20 years, Aldersbrook Livery
Stables has enabled people to enjoy horse ownership.
Because it is only a
5min walk to Wanstead Flats (the beginning of Epping Forest) owners are always
able to go for a long or a quick ride even in winter.