Riding at West Hill Park School

West Hill Park Riding School is a Pony Club affiliated Linked Riding School Centre and in the exceptionally capable hands of Mr David Hancock and his partner Ms 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.

Lucy Carter

Growing up locally, I have been riding since I was 3 years old, following in the footsteps of my mother, aunts and grandmother.  I am a member of the Hampshire Hunt North Pony Club where I have trained and competed, representing my area.  I love to share my passion for horses with the children and have started my teaching qualifications.