For New Beginner Riders you can join our 8-week Beginner Riding course 

You can find us at our address:

Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre

Manchester Road

Kearsley, Bolton

BL4 8RU   


Who is this course for:

This course is aimed at new beginner riders who want to start riding and learn about horses. We also feel this course will suit those riders who are returning to horses after a long break and want to ease themselves back in with confidence.

This course is designed as the perfect foundation for riders to start a comprehensive understanding of horsemanship with riding and horse care/stable management. Following the course, opportunities for progression onto our regular lessons can then be discussed/facilitated.


How it works

Sessions are 1 hour long. We have designed a programme of 8 group sessions for beginner riders to take you from your first steps in riding and horse handling to build the foundation skills needed to ride horses in a group and independently.

We are really excited to now include the ABRS Rosette Awards to our Beginner Courses! Each rider that completes the course will aim to achieve our exclusive syllabus of Beginner course awards, which includes a rosette and certificate for each milestone.

By the end of this course. students will aim to achieve:  

  • To understand and be confident handling horses
  • Be familiar with the use and importance of equipment for horse and rider
  • Develop the ability to prepare horse for riding and mount/dismount safely
  • An understanding of the development of the basic rider position  
  • We have also designed an exclusive "Beginner Award' as part of our progressive riding awards at RFEC for all riders who successfully complete our 8-week Beginner course.   

All beginner riders are responsible for bringing a suitable person to lead/assist with the horse when required on the lesson, this also helps reassure and build confidence for our younger riders - all training/guidance will be provided by the coach.  


What to Wear

Riders should wear comfortable clothing to ride, shoulders must be covered for protection (No vest/strappy tops). Long trousers MUST be worn to ride (no shorts etc) please see our What to Wear guidance via our website for more information.  

We encourage all riders to use their own body protectors and boots while riding. These must be up to current, accepted standards; Riding Hat Standards 2023 

We can provide riding hats for new riders to RFEC. We actively encourage keen riders to invest in their own hats as soon as possible and can provide guidance on this before purchase, we check and tag riders' own riding hats to ensure they are upto standard, if you do purchase your own riding hat please inform a member of our team and we can tag your riding hat. 

We cannot provide riding boots for riders. For your initial lesson if you do not have riding boots you should attend in a solid shoe/boot. We usually recommend Wellies are a suitable fit for this. We do not provide riding boots, if we feel your footwear is not appropriate you may be declined to ride. No trainers or sandals are to be worn on the yard. We also recommend gloves to be worn when riding. 


How To Book

Make sure you register on our booking system here: (Please find our How to Register flyer here which explains how to get started with this).

Once you have registered and added your rider information we will be able to accomodate any suitable bookings for you.

Our Next Beginner course is starting in November (currently fully booked) 

We will be taking bookings for December enrollment soon


*Please note, due to the nature of the Beginner course - all course bookings are non-refundable as standard and no transfers or credit can be issued for any cancelled/missed sessions during the course.

The inclusive course cost is £220 for the 8-week course, including riding hat hire and awards/resources. If you are interested in booking onto our next Beginner course, please send us an email to to express your interest and arrange a callback to discuss our upcoming availability etc