The Stables and Riding

Hanford is famous for its ponies which provide fun for all and are suitable for children to handle and ride on the hill. It is possible for a child to bring her pony if it fulfils these criteria or to bring a pony to be schooled and ridden before a particular competition. Riding is an extra but is enjoyed by almost all the children, many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity.

The Stables are Grade one listed, full of timeless atmosphere with the tack rooms and boxes still as they were originally set out. The emphasis of all the riding instruction is to teach the children to do as much as possible themselves.

There is a Riding Committee, members of which catch the ponies in the early morning, help groom them in break and take turns to help lead the beginners.

There is an indoor Riding School, an arena and cross country and jumping paddocks. Lessons with the instructors are always varied.

Children have “out” rides on the hills, never on roads, and in the summer they ride in the early morning before breakfast. Also in the summer, tetrathlons take place. One is held at Hanford in which anybody can take part – lots of running, puffing and shooting. There are different cross country courses for different standards – even the smallest riders.