Starting in 2015, we formed a new membership that caters directly to first time riders. This means that there will be various opportunities throughout the year for you to participate in and learn about horses! These sessions are designed to give you a taste of riding and if you find that it is for you, then we will be happy to help you organise more lessons and move further with your riding! Most of the activities and riding will take place at Grenoside Equestrian Centre which is a short bus ride from the city centre (see our yard description below) as they have horses and ponies that are good with beginners.
If this is something that you would be interested in, send us an email or pop down to the Sports Fair at the beginning of the year and we will sort you out with all the info!
Riding lessons are suitable for people of any ability, from complete beginners to advanced riders, so don’t be put off if you’ve never sat on a horse before.
If you've been added to our mailing list, look out for emails at the start of term about lessons, meanwhile if you have any other queries then please feel free to email us and put ‘Lessons’ as the title.
Our lessons coordinators will help you in organising lessons. Group lessons are generally cheaper, and those who want group lessons can be sorted into groups of a similar ability at the start of each term, with a driver if at all possible. We can then help you choose a suitable yard and find a time that suits everyone. We are happy to provide prices, contact details and directions as well as helping with bookings.
In addition to regular lessons the club also arranges one off club lessons at local riding schools, for those who want some extra practice or don't want to commit to regular lessons.The riding schools listed below offer a range of activities in addition to lessons such as hacks and stable management sessions. Many of them also offer lessons in half hour slots which are ideal to start with.
What to Wear
Riding schools require all participants to wear a hat with an adjustable harness which conforms to PAS 015 standard as well as closed-toe shoes. Sturdy leather boots with a small heel are preferable. Most riding schools provide hats and some also provide boots for a small charge. If you are just starting lessons, wear comfortable trousers and suitable outdoor clothing. We advise attending several lessons before committing to buying all the kit as it can be expensive!
Decathlon in Sheffield provides basic equipment that’s fairly cheap. However, while some of the hats that they sell there are approved to the right standards, others are not. It is important to check this with your riding school before buying. Alternatively, there is a tack shop attached to Parklands Equestrian Centre which offers a better selection. We do not recommend that you buy hats from anywhere that does not have qualified staff to fit your hat.
Below is a list of some of the riding schools in Sheffield, with some price information to give you an idea of what to expect (please note that prices may vary).
In case of an emergency, dial 999 and inform yard staff. Yards always have a qualified first aider present.
Yards are well within their rights to change their prices and while we endeavour to ensure that the below prices are correct and up-to-date, we cannot guarantee that you will be charged the exact prices below. Always ensure that you call the yard in advance to check pricing and availability to avoid disappointment.
Parklands Equestrian Centre
Parklands Equestrian Centre, Worksop Rd, Aston, Sheffield, S26 2AD
Contact: 0114 287 5278
Parklands is the yard that the teams use for competitions. It’s great for all abilities and has both an outdoor and large indoor school. Parklands also has a shop on site which has a large range of supplies for you and your horse. To get there you can either drive or catch the X14 bus from the Sheffield Interchange.
Group - £22/hour
Shared private (2 riders) - £30/hour
Shared private (4 riders) - £25/hour
Private - £40/hour
Hat hire - £1/lesson
Stable management £15/hour
Snowdon Farm Riding School
Snowdon Farm Riding School & Livery, Snowdon Lane, Marsh Lane, Sheffield S21 5RT
Contact: 01246 417172
Snowdon farm is roughly a 20-minute drive south of Sheffield. The yard is quite small but they have a large indoor school and can cater to both beginners and more advanced riders. The focus is on learning to use the aids correctly and in a way that is sympathetic to the horse. They have a wide range of horses and ponies which will help you to work on different areas of your riding. Class lesson exercises are done as an individual so horses are not just following the leader, and private lessons are tailored to suit you as a rider and the horse that you are riding. Jumping and flatwork lessons are available.
Special offer 1: book 10 lessons and one is free
Special offer 2: book 5 private lessons and get a 10% discount
Group: £25/hour (max 8)
Shared private: £32/hour (2 or 3 people)
Hat and boot hire: £1/lesson
Grenoside Equestrian Centre
Grenoside Equestrian Centre, Penistone Road, Grenoside, Sheffield S35
Contact: 0114 2402548
Grenoside offer cheaper lessons and hacking, and can cater to different abilities although there is an emphasis on beginners and younger riders. It is accessible by public transport via the 52 from Broomhill followed by the 85 from the Hillsborough interchange. We advise checking bus times and leaving plenty of time to avoid being late.
Sheffield Equestrian Centre
Sheffield Equestrian Centre, Green Farm, Green Lane, Midhopestones, Sheffield, S36 4GH
Contact: 0114 2886 164
Sheffield Equestrian Centre offers lessons for a range of disciplines including dressage and cross country. It is a yard that is slightly further out, being about 40 minutes from Broomhill, but is set in a wonderful setting with fantastic views from the outdoor school. The tuition is of a high quality and taught by BHS qualified instructors who can work closely with you to improve your skills.
Group - £20/hour
Private individual - £40/hour £32/half hour
Shared private - £32
Smeltings Farm Riding Centre
Smeltings Farm Riding Centre, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield, S11 7TD
Contact: 0114 230 7661
While slightly more expensive, Smeltings may be more suitable for beginner riders. All lessons are taught be qualified instructors. Both dressage and jumping lessons are available. The best way to get to Smeltings is by car or taxi. It is approximately 10 minutes from Broomhill, making it the closest riding school to university.
Special Offer - book 10 Lessons and one is free
Group (4-6 riders) - £34/hour
Shared private (3 riders) - £38/hour
Joint private (2 riders) - £42/hour
Private hour - £50/hour
Jump lesson +£2/hour
Stable Management - £10/hour less than equivalent ridden lesson
Hat hire - £1/lesson
Body protector hire - £1.50/lesson
Thinking of bringing your horse to Sheffield?
It can be daunting to think about leaving your horse at home or having to sell when you come to uni. If you are in a position to bring your horse with you, we are more than happy to help you find a yard to suit your needs. There are lots of yards around Sheffield, of different sizes and catering to a variety of needs. Many of our members have kept their horses here of have horses on loan here and so are a good point of contact. Most of the yards listed for lessons also offer very good livery services, but are a little further from university.
Below are several yards closer to university which offer livery:
Cloughfields Equestrian Centre:
07399 499 528
Cloughfields Livery Stables, Sheffield S10 5PY
Cloughfields is especially popular with members due to its location and facilities. They usually have a waiting list so it is advisable that you get in contact in plenty of time.
Low Ash Stables:
Low Ash Farm, Stubbing Lane, Worral, Sheffield, S35 0AP
0114 2343577 or 07419 343527
Moorwood Farm, Riggs High Road, Sheffield S6 6GR, UK
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