Meadow School of Riding was
founded in 1958 by the late Mrs Olwen Allonby in the village of
Stanford on Soar, Leicestershire. It is now situated at the edge of the
beautiful Beacon Country Park on Deans Lane, Woodhouse Eaves - see
map for location - and is run by Dawn Whitmore-Kirby.
riding school horses and ponies range from 11hh to 17hh and are
suitable for beginners and advanced riders.
- an indoor
hacking around Beacon Country Park and beyond.
- mounting platforms
- accessibility for disabled people, including a hoist
lessons take place either in the indoor or outdoor school and can
be either private or group depending on individual requirements. All
lessons must be prebooked - see prices.
lessons are arranged according to age and ability with adult and
children’s lessons available separately. Lessons take place
during the day, Tuesday – Sunday, with late night opening
9.30pm) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
is available for the more experienced rider (riders able to canter confidently), Tuesday – Sunday
during daylight hours.
activities such as pony care days and pub rides are also arranged - see
Frequently asked questions
I’ve never ridden before, what
should I wear?
that riders wear comfortable (not too tight), long trousers that reach to the
ankle. Shorts or cut-off trousers are not a good idea (even if it’s very hot)
as you will find that when you are sitting in the saddle, your ankles and lower
leg will be bare and the saddle and stirrup leathers will rub! A t-shirt with sleeves that cover your
shoulders (but not a strappy or sleeveless top) is fine in warm weather. In
winter, we suggest you wear several layers, including perhaps a short
jacket-style of coat. Please make sure all clothing is fastened.
I don’t have any proper riding
boots, will wellies do?
are not suitable for riding in; neither are trainers or pumps. You need to wear
a boot or shoe that has a small heel.
But don’t worry if you don’t have these as we have jodhpur boots in all sizes which you can
borrow at no extra cost.
Do I need to buy a hat?
borrow a hat to begin with at no extra cost, but we suggest riders should buy
their own as soon as possible. All hats MUST comply with the current BSI
standards, EN1384 or PAS 015.