Meadow School of Riding
Tel: 01509 891690 Email: Dawn Whitmore-Kirby Mobile: 07860 245675


The 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.

Facilities include:
  • an indoor school
  • excellent hacking around Beacon Country Park and beyond.
  • mounting platforms
  • accessibility for disabled people, including a hoist
 The riding school horses and ponies range from 11hh to 17hh and are suitable for beginners and advanced riders.
All 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.  
Group 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 (till 9.30pm) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Hacking is available for the more experienced rider (riders able to canter confidently), Tuesday – Sunday during daylight hours.

Special activities such as pony care days and pub rides are also arranged - see events.


Frequently asked questions

I’ve never ridden before, what should I wear?
We suggest 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?
No, wellies 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?
You can 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.



 Deans Lane, Nr Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire. LE12 8TE

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