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About the Riding School

Budleigh Salterton Riding School Proprietors:
Budleigh Salterton Riding School has been running since 1985 and is run by Chrissy Howick and Rob Batson. The riding school has 50 horses and is also a DIY and full livery yard and breeds warmblood horses with the ‘Heatherways’ prefix, training and competing them up to National level. The riding school is an NVQ and British Horse Society training yard with links to local schools, colleges, Exeter and District Riding Club and Exeter University Riding Club. All riding school full time staff have full first aid training and British Horse Society Instructor training and child protection certificates.

Chrissy Howick, BSc(Hons), BHSII
Chrissy has run the riding school since 1998 teaching all levels of experience and training teams such as the Exeter University Riding Club teams and also Exeter and District Riding Club dressage training. Apart from the day to day running of the riding school and teaching Chrissy competes home bred and trained horses up to Prix St George dressage level and also horse trials - competing at the British National Championships and Winter National championships on several occasions.

Chrissy has a 2:1 Honours degree in Rural Estate Management plus her British Horse Society Intermediate Instructors certificate. She as an A1 assessor for NVQ students and has full first aid and child protection certification.

Rob Batson, MVO, BSc (hons), BHSAI
Rob Batson has been jointly running the riding school since 2004 having served in HM forces Royal Artillery both abroad in Germany and Bosnia and at home. Rob’s army experience with horses includes being Left Section Commander in the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in London which involved managing 35 horses and 30 men and women. He also ran the annual training programme for 120 horses and 170 men and women and the organising and running of career courses. Rob rode in all ceremonial duties including gun firing in Hyde and Green Park and in the Kings Troop RHA musical drive tours both around the country and abroad. During his time at the Troop Rob was the Officer in charge of the Queen Mother’s funeral gun carriage leading the procession on horseback. He is now also competing home bred horses as well as being partner in a horse dentistry business covering the whole of Devon.

Rob has a 2:2 Honours degree in Rural Estate Management, his British Horse Society Assistant Instructors Certificate, BHS Stage 4 and has full first aid and child protection certification.

Riding Lessons
Tuition is available on an individual or group basis by the hour or half hour. Lessons can be tailored to suit all needs and standards.

The position of the stables provides an ideal setting for picturesque rides, rarely crossing any roads larger than a country lane. One two or three hour rides are on offer, exploring heathland, overlooking woodland and the nearby coastline.

Courses and Own a Pony Days
3 and 4 day Courses and Own a Pony Days run during all holiday and half term times – or you can organise your own outside of the set times or if you are staying in one of our holiday cottages. Courses and Pony Days run from 10am – 4pm and include both riding and stable management. Courses can be tailored specifically to your needs and will take into consideration your existing level of experience.

Longer courses and evening saddle clubs also run at the riding school throughout the year some of which lead to specific qualifications such as British Horse Society Progressive riding tests, Health and Safety with Horses Certificates, British Horse Society Stage exams and also NVQ’s.

For all regular courses please see our newspage – to organise your own course or a holiday programme please call us.

Stable Management
If you wish to learn how to look after horses, from tacking up to feeding, getting and fittening your own horse, special management lessons are available.

Special Activities
The riding school offers a wide variety of special activities including pub rides and cream tea rides – ride across the beautiful countryside into the traditional Devon Village of Otterton with its working water mill and river. Stop for a pub lunch or cream tea while your horses are looked after for you. (pic 44a)

Picnic rides are also on offer – with a stop in woodland for your picnic during your ride.

Organised rides run throughout the holiday times but you can also organise your own group for a special ride which can be tailored to your needs. Why not organise a ride for your anniversary, a birthday, a hen or stag party or any other special occasion. We also have vouchers if you wish to organise a ride as a present for someone.

Beach rides run from October to May – gallop along a sandy beach.
We also run mock hunts, Easter egg hunts, Christmas Cracker rides, shows, gymkhanas and other specials. Courses run throughout the year and residential camps at specific times.

Children’s Birthday Parties
We have a range of options for children’s parties at the riding school from a simple Shetland pony party, grooming party, gymkhana games party to a half day or full day riding party. You can also hire our Oak Lodge for party lunch or tea and even have the food done for you. Full details obtainable at the riding school.