Court Equestrian has a wide range of facilities which are based on
the stable complex and associated arenas and paddocks at Priors Court, plus
additional paddocks and stables a short distance away (easy hack across farmland),
and land rented from a neighbouring farmer.
new Indoor Riding School with full lighting
a number of stable blocks, some brick-built, some block-built and some timber
2 out door arenas with all-weather surface, one floodlit
main arena has 24' (7.2m) of large mirrors
covered waiting/marshalling area for ponies
Horse solarium for infra-red heating, drying, or fans for cooling
secure tack room,
office, rug store, rest area etc.
classroom for lectures, theory classes etc
small kitchen area with kettle, microwave, sink, fridge
Stirrups Café is on site at weekends and main shows
There is on-site car parking, and most of the yard and access paths are concreted.
A number of CCTV cameras cover many areas of the school, day and night, with security recording. The school has a full range of Show Jumps plus a small Cross Country course, and there is excellent hacking with easy access to the nearby Old Hills.
LOOSE BOXES & STABLES
Court Equestrian has a large number pf stables & loose boxes of different sizes and design, suitable for all types of horses and ponies, including mares in foal.
The horse walker/exerciser is used to keep horses fit, and to keep them exercised if they have not been ridden for a while or if the owner feels they need additional work.
COVERED WAITING AREA
We have a number of areas where horses and ponies can be tethered between rides, including this large covered waiting area, which is particularly useful in both very hot or cold/wet weather.
Handling bales, feed, muck
With the large number of horses & ponies at Court Equestrian, we need serious help in handling material.
Our main tractor has forks for pallets, squeeze forks for bales, and a long spike for large bales, as well as a post rammer for planting fence posts and a power take off for other implements.
Our two smaller tractors mainly harrow the riding surfaces, sometimes several times a day, handle stable waste, cut the grass in fields, and help with irrigation in support of our sprinkler systems.
This is the smallest and most agile of our three tractors.
Indoor Riding School
Our new, purpose-built indoor riding school is now fully operational.
This is Claire, jumping under lights. The lighting system provides even, bright lighting with no shadows, allowing safe jumping even during the winter.
The jumping surface is a special equestrian sand with fibres, and we have a water irrigation system, using "misting" sprayers which cover every part of the school with a fine rain-type spray.
The Indoor school now has a covered viewing platform.
This allows up to 8 adult spectators to watch riders safely, whilst seated on a long bench and separated from the riding area by glazed panels.
Set above the horses' heads, the spectators are less likely to disturb the horses; however, sudden noise or movement must be avoided!
The photo below was taken the evening after the structure was finished but before finishing touches were applied!
These spectators enjoyed watching an evening lesson and the ponies took it in their stride.
Stirrups Café uses a large Red Horse Box which is fully-equipped with a kitchen, preparation area, food display and serving area.
At weekends and during our main shows it is parked in front of our main building where you can buy great coffee, hot & cold drinks, home-made cakes, sandwiches, hot snacks & lunches etc.
Tables & chairs are provided for customers.
Payment by card or cash
Stirrups can also supply party food for parties held at Court Equestrian. Prices and menus can be obtained from Heidi on:
Stirrups is registered with the Local Authority.
Although Stirrups is independent of Court Equestrian, we believe Stirrups provides a great service to everyone here.
We now have a horse solarium at Court Equestrian.
This is a versatile piece of equipment:
It is located in a bucket-and-sponge wash down covered area, helping horses dry more quickly.
The hose wash down area remains at the top yard.
The infra-red heating elements also help with muscle and joint problems.
And the fans can be used without the heaters, helping horses to cool down when hot.
Duration and heat level can be adjusted to suit. Timing is set so that one token provides about 12 minutes of use. Extensive full power use should be avoided.
Tokens can be purchased in the stables office, currently £1 per token.