Horse Riding in Suffolk is simply the most fantastic experience. Tranquil countryside and miles of unspoilt coastline makes Suffolk the place to be at one with your horse. Here you’ll find miles of bridleways, quiet country lanes and a horse friendly public, plus lessons to help you stay in the saddle (see below for full details).
Suffolk has retained its agricultural industry so there are plenty of stables here, although due to the plethora of health and saftey regs many of them now unfortunately offer only limited facilities for the public. However generally you can still hire a horse or pony at very reasonable rates across most of the county.
Suffolk Punch Trust
Meet these gentle giants and enjoy riding in a horse-drawn wagon. See traditional working horses and learn the history in a fabulous setting with stables, stud and museum. See more at: Suffolk Punch Trust
For the youngest children this might be their first lesson – perhaps on miniature Shetlands – and they will love you for it. There is no better time to introduce your offspring to the delights of being confident on horseback. Several of the stables listed below run pony clubs and camps during the school holidays, so contact them for details. Read more on the Suffolk Punch Trust here.
North Manor Equestrian Centre, Halesworth
Offering riding lessons and hacking although both must be booked in advance (ring Valli Hayes on 01986 784552 for further details).
Woodbridge, near Ipswich
Poplar Park Trekking Centre – riding school, training and livery yard and trekking centre. Whether you are looking for reliable school horses and well qualified staff, miles and miles of beautiful off road hacking, or a holiday with your horse or one of ours, you will find it here at Poplar Park.
Tel 01394 411023
Also in Woodbridge
Valley Farm Riding and Driving Centre – a riding and leisure centre set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. The Centre offers lessons in a variety of disciplines including carriage driving, side saddle, western riding, as well as old fashioned horse riding. There are lots of childresn activities going on, including parties, holidays, pony clubs….
Contact Sarah on 01728 746916
Monks Eleigh, near Ipswich
Boyton Hall Equine Centre – bring your horse on holiday to Suffolk with you! This relatively new Centre offers a full range of top class facilities for your horse (including an equine hydrotheraphy spa, a laser shower and a solarium) in a beautiful setting. Contact Adrian Keitely-Webb on 01449 744482 for full information.
Copdock Riding Centre
Very friendly riding school and livery yard, providing lessons to suit all ages and abilities. Reasonable rates. Show jumping a speciality.
Call Mrs Ann Withey on 01473 730678
Hill Farm Equestrian Centre
Hill Farm Lane, Chelmondiston, Suffolk, IP9 1JU
Established in 2002 by Megan Ayton-Andrews, this is a highly professional training establishment that is also a friendly, family centred yard. Riding lessons are taught by British Horse Society qualified instructors on well mannered, sensible horses and ponies. The school has 15 horses and ponies which are regularly schooled by instructors in order to keep them in top condition
Hill Farm is a small establishment, with a 20×40 outdoor arena, heated class room, and only 15 stables/stalls set in a 1900’s brick-built, gated yard.
Our main clients are children aged 4 – 16 years and there are lots of activities for them at Hill Farm – take a look at their webiste for current details – http://www.hillfarmec.co.uk/
Let your Horse Riding in Suffolk commence!