West Hill Park Riding School

West Hill Park Riding School is now a Pony Club affiliated Linked Riding School Centre and in the exceptionally capable hands of Mr David Hancock and his partner Mrs Jill Ellis who have many years of experience  in this country and abroad. 

The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation dedicated to encouraging young people to ride and care for horses and ponies, whilst promoting the highest ideas of sportsmanship.  

As a Pony Club Linked Riding School Centre we are now able  to offer Pony Club membership to children and young people up to the age of 25 years; from total novices to those with more experience who aspire to the highest standards of riding and horse care developed by training and assessments.  For more information go to www.pcuk.org or contact David and Jill on ridingschool@westhillpark.com 

The staff

David Hancock

I hold the BHSII teaching qualification and I am a registered Accredited Professional Coach. I learnt to ride through the Pony Club and went on to represent the country on a number of occasions in Horse Trials.  I thoroughly enjoy passing on my experiences, and encourage riders to become confident and to gain all round equestrian knowledge.

Jill Ellis

I learnt to ride as a child and on leaving school went to work in the racing industry.  I have had many varied equestrian experiences which include taking horses to: Badminton Horse Trials, Horse of the Year Show, Aintree and Cheltenham racing festivals.  Along the way I have also gained qualifications in bookeeping and secretarial skills, all of these I hope to put to good use at West Hill Park.

Jo Edwards

I learnt to ride from a young age with The Pony Club. As a teenager I competed at the Horse of the Year show and various County Shows and received my Stage 1 qualification whilst working on yards. I am still competing locally and am a member of the Solent Riding Club. I have also worked as an LSA for ten years and I am excited to be combining my skills and becoming part of the equestrian team here at West Hill Park

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The Saddle Club

The Saddle Club is open during the holidays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  please email for the booking form, this activity is very popular with all ages and open to the public.

We are open for 30 minute riding lessons on Saturday mornings in term time.  This is not just for West Hill Park children.  Each lesson can be shared between two friends or siblings, of a similar riding ability the cost being £26 each.  Alternatively a private lesson – for one – is available for £36.  We offer lessons in basic dressage,  jumping and stable management. 

Riding for Parents

As a new initiative we are now offering private half hour riding lessons for parents, of any standard, between 0900 and 1200, Tuesday to Friday inclusive. The cost is £36.00 per session and there is a weight limit of 80kgs.

All you need are some comfortable trousers and suitable footwear preferably a shoe/boot with a smooth sole and a heel. We have kite marked riding hats to borrow if you do not have your own.

Please get in touch we us at ridingschool@westhillparkschool.com