MORE THAN JUST A LESSON.....
We are a friendly Pony Club Centre, BHS and ABRS approved riding school and near Bourne in South Lincolnshire offering riding to age 4 and above across a wide range of abilities. Come and meet us and get to know the ponies and horses and ride with us. If you love ground work spend time with us grooming and caring for horses and ponies. Gift vouchers are available if you would like to buy your loved one a riding voucher as a present.
Tel:01778 591186 for Yard Manager Nat.
The yard is owned by James and Susan Bevan.
The yard is registered as a riding school with South Kesteven District Council and inspected by their veterinary surgeon which means that the yard meets welfare and safety standards expected of a registered riding school and is properly insured. Well met British Horse Society (BHS), Pony Club (PC) and Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) inspections means that the yard's standards are high. Staff are CRB checked and are generally well known to the yard and are local (some even having grown up and trained at the yard).
Recent lovely testimonials:
i would just like to say a huge thankyou to all staff at bulby riding school for lauren ewles amazing birthday party great fun was had by all the children and adults really enjoyed themselves and a special thankyou to elaine for the amazing birthday cake it was very scrumptious i hope alice and nat enjoyed there cake aswell. Please could you post this on your website (Jan 2012)
Holly had a wonderful lesson on Tuesday. May i compliment you and your staff for being so friendly and informative. Holly is booked in for pony club tonight, the stable day on Monday and the mini show on Wednesday..... In fact i think she would move in if she could!!!!! :) many thanks again
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING LATELY?........
D test success. Bulby riders performed well at the recent D test at Bulby. BHSI Linda Pearce congratulated the Pony Club Centre members on their smart turn out and performance in their test. Everyone passed and some are already at a standard to take their D+ test...so heads down for the next one. Keep reading the Pony Club Manual and Tish Adam's test books. Preparation at badge nights and for the older children at saddle club is clearly going well. Well done everyone.
Sarah Smith joins the team as instructor and jockey and William, eventer The Soldier's Fancy's foal has grown up and has been backed. Sarah on William and Nat on Lily William's half sister enjoy riding out together. Sarah has worked in the riding school world for a number of years and has worked for eventer Gary Parsonage and backed and produced horses of her own. She strengthens the team at Bulby, supporting Nat the yard manager and Alice our assistant yard manager who combines teaching at Bulby with her degree in child development at Sheffield University.
Bulby Camp Fire Fun 2012 , collecting the wood then toasting the Marshmallows
Camp Womsey ride, is that you you spell it???
Scary time: Barbury International, Spice makes reserve for GB Pony Trials team for European Championships
Wonderful hacks around the farm........
Halloween trick or treating in Bulby, what was on the menu?.....bat, spider, pumpkin and blood shot eye cakes, ghost goo, whiffy witches warts, crunchy bat poo, bloody fingers and monster wrinkly nails...oh yum....and eeek look at those witches and cats...
Megan says au revoir
Bulby Show Day
Cranwell blood hounds came during half term....wet wet wet, wow wow wow 'can they come back next week?' They have promised to visit again, probably for camp...puppy walking...big puppies!!!
Laura and Nat on the Cranwell Blood Hound day - Thank you Philip and Wendy for a fabulous day with Cranwell Blood Hounds - not only were the size of the puppies a surprise, so was the amazing delicious tea and cakes served from out of the back of the van.
For more pictures see the what's on page for what was!
Natalie has become yard manager and is settling cheerfully into the role backed up with additional part time staff. Welcome to Victoria and Hayley who join Johnny, Laura C, Elaine, Amelia and Kerrie and Alice as part of team Bulby. Laura R, retired as yard manager, to join Angus Smales' eventing staff team.
Nat ran a small riding school near Peterborough and as new yard manager benefits from lots of good advice from Izzy (who keeps coming back to spruce up the ponies ad check us out) our old yard manager who moved on to fulfil her planned career change returning to fulltime childcare. Thanks Iz for a fabulous ten years of livery work, nannying, grooming and plaiting and riding school fun with ponies, riding, fancy dress, childrens parties, camping, campfires with toasted marshmallows, pyjama rides and water fights. We are hoping you will return as visiting teacher especially for the little ones and for the crazy campers. (Cowboy casserole will not be allowed to fade into the sunset...it will be lassooed along with Iz we hope). The remaining senior team is now strengthened by Linda Pearce who supports staff training, instructs and oversees maintainenance and delivery of the excellent level of instruction the yard enjoys.
Nat and Pops out on a jolly Elaine's yummy cakes
On the administrative side the team has been strengthened by Elaine who is acting as hub on the main riding school days at the week-end, greeting clients and dealing with the office side of the riding school. She is also a fabulous cook and cake maker and retired cookery magazine editor now even more hands on specilialising in wedding and party cakes, so heave a sigh of relief mum's who want their riding parties catered for!!!
Junior Pony Club Badge nights for age 8+ have started on Fridays, book for a place
Grass roots Pony Club Badge nights continue for age 8 and under on Wednesdays.
Saddle Club on Saturdays and Sundays is now for age 10+ and a maximum of twelve regular riders may book to stay for saddle club each day.
Classroom has been completed and is a useful dry warm space. It provides a bigger space for Mini Badge nights and BHS training.
BHS Riding and Road Safety
Exam: 24.10.2010 Eight took the examination and everyone passed. Well done ladies.
SUMMER AT BULBY
LOUIS AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Louis our fast grey games pony went to the Pony Club Championsips twice this year, once for the Polocrosse and once for the Games
THANK YOU STEF
Stef has stepped down as yard manager freeing her to ride her own horses more whilst she ponders her next career move. She grew up at the yard and has been a big part of the riding school. Thanks for your friendship and fun and for the sensible serious side which made sure the yard ran well.
THANK YOU ALICE AND EM
Au revoir to Alice and Emily, our Saddle Club Leaders. Alice goes on to Sheffield Hallam to do child studies, Emily goes to Moreton Morrell to continue equestrian studies. Well done in your exams girls, thank you for the fun you have brought to Bulby.... Abysinia or Wibysinia....soon we hope. Hi five.
and huge thank you to AVIS
Avis is having a break, she has been fabulously supportive as the yard has grown with increasing Pony Club Centre numbers now up in the high forties. We are so thankful for her help. We are delighted that Hilary Westropp BHSI steps in as our chief instructor supporting and instructing. Stef continues as assistant yard manager and minis' badge night leader and assumes working pupil status to work towards her BHS PTT and stage III examination. Popular Jo Holmes Coles BHSII continues to teach mostly on Sundays supporting and training the week-end BHS stage I trainees. New arrival at the yard Harry is Johnny's apprentice...adding muscle and neo handyman skills and Cathy Lammie BHSII will take on Tuesday night adult riding lessons to complete the line up.
DEFRA visit Bulby and with the BEF in comes the sunshine............
After a visit to Burghley Horse Trials and Oakham Veterinary Hospital Bulby Riding School was next on the list for DEFRA ministers and entourage, and with magnificent politeness, like the vicar of Dibley, the BEF organised tourers still managed to enjoy their ( third???) lunch, this time, on the last leg of their trip to the wolds, basking in the Bulby yard suntrap. The BEF liked us and called us a gem of a Pony Club Centre.....thanks....must have been the real coffee that did the trick!
Hey Alice...well done passing your riding and road safety
Now we have a cabin and a flushing loo!!! The snow was free. Its warm
Mother and daughter, Soldier gives four year old Lily a few tips on how to get really really dirty.
We currently have a weight restriction, the maximum weight our current horses can carry is 12 stone.
Lessons are now available on Sunday mornings which will suit the Witham Hall School children and others who have Saturday school.
We are delighted that Jo Holmes Cole BHSII and BHS examiner has returned to the yard to teach again.
Look who's at Bulby, Louis, look out for the grey pony on the last leg! He is going with the Burghley Pony Club to the Pony Club Championships for Polocrosse and Mounted Games. He has trialled for the English team in the past and has been nominated for the visting International Games Competition at the Pony Club Championships.
WELL DONE AT THE PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS EVERYONE
Success for Bulby at the Pony Club Championships in Polocrosse and the Centre's competition.
In the Centre competition Bulby came 14th out of 23 teams with Ella getting in the ribbons with tenth place in her junior section. Well done Alice, Natasha and Ella and your mounts Mary and Dino.
Three ponies from Bulby went to the Pony Club Championships for Polocrosse, Dino, Louis and Shadow.
Natasha rode Shadow and teamed up with Moorfields rider Samantha and Croome rider Annabel to come fourth in the Mini's Polocrosse. Burghley Pony club came fifth with Diana riding Dino from Bulby, Charlie riding Bulby's Louis and Jake on his own Roan Rocket aka Pete.
For more Polocrosse pictures see the Polocrosse page.
WELL DONE IZ...SMILE AND BREATHE... :)
Congratulations on your success in your NVQ. Onward and upward!
Request to parents..any nice photo's you have please email us and we may put them on the web or print them for the notice boards.
Story board from Rachel
Bulby is a lovely place to ride, come and enjoy being out in the fresh air, improve and enjoy your fitness and have fun with horses and friends. Just ask for Izzy, our yard manager or Stef our assistant yard manager.
Check out the 'What's on Page' for training and Holiday Activities
Welcome to Bulby Equestrian Centre 01778 591186
Thanks Diana, we had a great dog training day, and loved the dogs you brought over. Diana Broughton did a working dog training day and everyone gained their Pony Club achievement badge.
Polocrosse fun for Wizz and Ella, see the Pony Club Centre page for more
RIDING AND ROAD SAFETY
Well done Alice and Emily on passing your BHS Riding and Road Safety held at Brooksby College. Hacks, here you come Alice, big time! Thanks Paul, for the training, and well done studying girls. Oh yes...and home grown Emily passed R&RS a while ago so they are all heading towards BHS stage II, amongst college studies and A levels. Heads down, heads up girls.
Congratulations to Alice and Emily on passing their BHS stage I examination with flying colours at Brooksby College . They will both now be heading towards their BHS Riding and Road Safety test before settling down to work on their BHS stage II exam. Well done the two study buddies. Two out of two ain't bad! Well done Izzy and Avis on the coaching.
Congratulations to Stef, who passed her BHS stage II examination recently. Good luck to all those with exam's hurtling towards them. Keep riding, keep studying we are all rooting for you!
Pony Club Rider Road Safety Test
Congratulations to Freya, Sophie, Issy, Lizzie and Diana who all passed their Rider Road Safety Pony Club Test. We had a 100% pass rate. Many thanks to Paul for training everyone up to the right standard. Now you can all go on to do your C test! And the Oundle girlies did brilliantly on their Duke of Edinburgh riding run through before the real thing. Well done everyone.
We are pleased about your RRS and it is obvious you were pleased!.....
At our ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools) inspection recently we were told immediately that we had gained approval by our local inspector Paula who came to inspect our premises. She and assistant Karen were extremely friendly and helpful. We hope that we can organise some friendly competition with Paula's neighbouring Pony Club Centre members. Well done Izzy and team for all the hard work and preparation. All the ponies earned their 'good doers' badge....now the summer is coming activities will increase and girths reduce!
Riding and Road Safety
Congratulations to Emily on passing her BHS Riding and Road Safety test at Brooksby in March, now working towards her BHS stage II examination, the path is clear...work hard Emily and good luck.
Izzy and Stef pass.
At the first Riding and Road Safety examination conducted at Bulby we were delighted that on 30th November 2008 three candidates passed their exam, two from Bulby and one from one of the local training colleges.
The yard hosted the examination in resonse to those needing to have that qualification before proceeding to their BHS stage II exam. Congratulations to Izzy and Stef from Bulby who succeeded in a very stiff examination.
Riding and Road Safety is such an important area which can make a huge difference to riders who hack out on roads and standards have to be high. Candidates from a varied range of backgrounds took the test at Bulby (three different colleges and the members of the Bulby Riding School Saddle Club). Many thanks to Izzy who put such a huge effort into organising the day ably assisted by Bulby team members and friends who pulled out all the stops to make the day go smoothly. The simulated road circuit in the arena were superb.
Riders were able to hire horses from the yard to take the test. The yard plan for the future is to offer 'on horse' training to riding school and local college students on the simulated course to complement personal theory preparation and training to ensure the best possible chance of succeeding and to improve riding and road safety amongst Bulby Pony Club Centre members and BHS examination candidates. Check out the 'What's on' page for future dates and training. Saddle Club members and local college members are welcome to take part.
Pony Club D and D+ Tests
Eleven children at Bulby Pony Club Centre took The Pony Club D with six also taking their D+ test in horse riding and stable management on 28.10 2008 and everyone passed with flying colours. Examiner Jane Reid external examiner from Burghley Pony Club conducted the examinations at Bulby Equestrian Centre and was impressed by the standard. ‘the children are well above the required standard and are well on their way to the next level of test in the riding, and their stable management was absolutely superb, the best group I have ever examined'. Yard manager Isobel Partridge, Proprietor Sue Bevan and instructors are very proud of their achievements. The children who achieved a 100% pass rate in the first examinations ever conducted at Bulby were:-
Name Age From
Hattie Blamire 13 Burton Coggles
Maddie Gammons 8 Bourne
Rosie Fell 11 Thurlby
Rachel Cork 10 Spalding
Alexander Bevan 9 Bulby
Name Age From
Natasha Hamblin 11 Corby Glen
Lana Hart 12 Morton
Abigail Rodgerson 11 Stainfield
Ella Gresty 12 Ryhall Heath
Sarah Wooldridge 14 Thurlby
Diana Bevan 11 Bulby
D and D+ Pony Club Test success
Success for Buster at Burghley Pony Club minicamp.
PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008
SUCCESS AND FUN AT THE PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS AT DRAYCOTT HOUSE ON THURSDAY 21ST AUGUST 2008
Mary and Shadow and riders Emily, Alice, Lana and Natasha excelled at the Pony Club Championships. We came 11th out of 19 teams in the competition and a magnificent 5th in tack and turnout. The standard was high with eight more teams in the competition than in last years inaugural event.
In their first big show outing with Bulby Equestrian Centre Shadow and Mary performed beautifully. Alice and Emily scored very highly in the senior dressage. Our scariest moment was when Natasha lay motionless on the floor after a turn without stirrups in the jumping, then the announcement came... 'Oh she's not getting up because Shadow is standing on her coat' . Relief washed over us! Attentive Shadow waited for her to get back on and Natasha cheerfully and bravely finished the round with stirrups!
Well done girls, you all looked fabulous and rode well and we are keen to see you back on the podium next year!
THREEKINGHAM SHOW - PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP PREPARATION
Our team of two junior and two senior riders prepared for the Pony Club Championships Centres competition on Thursday 21st August 2008 by going to local Threekingham Show.
Mary and Shadow, two of our 'newer' equines who are regularly ridden in the riding school were our front runners to go and went out to the Threekingham Show along with Emma at the week-end. Both instructors turned out to help two of the team members preparing for the show. Shadow with Tash did three clear rounds and entered the two foot class. Mary 'warmed up' by instructor Karen took Emily round double clear in the 2'6" - 2'9" class and placed 5th. Congratulations to all for the preparation and turnout and results. More preparation planned!!
The yard came back under home management in January this year
BHS approved Riding School Spring 2001
Pony Club Centre from Summer 2006 allows children to meet, have fun and learn to earn interesting badges
Bulby Equestrian Centre is a friendly professionally run yard offering schooled horses and ponies. All levels of riders are catered for, from beginners and tiny tots at the riding school to the more advanced who want to keep their horses on working livery.
BHS qualified instructors ranging from trainees and BHS AI up to BHSI have provided excellent instruction at the yard over the years and we are keen to continue the BHS tradition and standards.
Please contact Iz at the yard on 01778 591186. She may be mucking out or schooling when you ring but she will get back to you as soon as possible!
The services which we have offered and continue to offer are:-
Own a Pony Days
British Horse Society Examination Training
Adult Training Clinics
Stable Management Courses
Specialist Dressage and Jumping Training
MORE RIDING INSTRUCTORS NEEDED.
We need to find more freelance part time BHS qualified instructing staff
for lessons at Bulby to support Avis and Izzy. Iz, Stef and Emily
take out hacks with their Riding and Road Safety 'ticket' under their
belts. Avis and Iz continue to school the ponies and horses, riding
and lungeing them during the week. We still need more week-end child
(and adult) friendly teaching staff to add to the teaching available.
Please get in touch if you are interested. We are still looking for new
horses for the yard including a 14.2.schoolmaster.
Avis Senior (BHSAI) who has been at the yard since 2007 continues to teach and develop the yard teamed up with Izzy. Avis is taking week-end lessons and teaches the riding element for BHS stage training on Saturday afternoons, Iz follows up with theory sessions for a total 2.5 hour block.
Pony Club Centre activities and badge evenings take place on the first Wednesday of the month in the evening between 5 and 6.30/7pm. Have a look at the Pony Club Centre webpage on the tabs top left and click on the links to find out more. We need to know what the members want so please email us if you would like to.
Laura manages the yard work and Nat, assistant yard manager augments the teaching and both lead the Pony Club badge nights with the assistanc of Megan and Amelia who are at Equestrian College and on their way there respectively.
To book lessons please ring Izzy on 01778 591186
Please return the forms to Laura Ridlington, Yard Manager, Bulby Equestrian Centre, c/o Bulby Hall, Bulby, Bourne, PE10 0RU, or bring it along for your first lesson.
Wizz, Buster and Molly at the beach
After a two year break when the yard and business were leased out the yard came back in hand in January 2008. We began the year with four ponies, Buster, Hewy, Crispin and Emma. We needed to add two school masters to their numbers. Mary an Irish Draught horse has joined the line up as have Co-co, Freckles and Shadow. Penny came home and has now returned to stud to hunt and then be put in foal. Molly and Wizz are home. Freckles and Co-co and Shadow have just arrived and we are still looking for a school master 14.2hh pony. Woody, an ex racehorse has come to the yard on loan to Izzy at the yard so we will see if he settles and joins in as a working livery.
Iz returned to the yard at the end of December to prepare for the new year. Our BHS approval and Pony Club Centre inspections went well and we have had the thumbs up for another year. The yard first became a BHS approved riding school in Spring 2001.
Riders at Bulby have enjoyed
huge success in 2007 and it is hoped that the yard will continue to improve
and develop. Senior riders at livery have attended local competitions
and junior riders have enjoyed success with the Pony Club Centre, most
notably the training and badge nights and the great turnout and success
of the team at the inaugural Pony Club Centre Championships held in Nottingham.
The riders are grateful for the support and help they have received in
the past year and it is hoped that success will be built on. Huge thanks
go to the efforts of the management that made it possible in 2007, and
thanks go to the parents who keenly support the activities and enjoy the
opportunity given to the children.
Tel:01778 591382 or Mob:07791976044
The team in second place for the best turned out competition pictured on the podium in the burgundy pony club centre tops (from left to right) Diana, Lana, Stef and Alice. Congratulations on such good turnout and three cheers for those who taught them. The team came 7th overall out of 12 teams who took part. Well done everyone.
Welcome to Bulby Equestrian Centre
The yard came to life in 1999 as a compeition livery yard with Jane Riley, a local event rider who took Mosey to Blair for a two star three day event. They were coached by BHSI Linda Pearce. The yard continued as a BHS approved livery yard and then on the instigation of Sue Russell BHSAI became a riding school which gained approval from the BHS very quickly. It developed further with the help of Sally Harper BHSAI and Jo Holmes BHSII and helped hugely by Debbie Keefe BHSAI. The characters at the yard have been varied all contributed to its development. The yard supported and ran the Bulby Horse Show in 2002 and 2003 raising funds for local charities and currently the yard supports St. John Ambulance by organising and joining in with the Grimsthorpe Sponsored Ride which many Bulby riders took part in in 2007 and 2008 on riding school horses.
Our thanks to all those who have contributed to the development of the yard as a facility which local children and adults can enjoy.
Buster in 2007 at the Buckminster Show
Jane Riley opened up the stables as a competition yard in 1997 after a dormant period. She is seen here competing with The Soldier's Fancy
Bulby Equestrian Centre, Bulby, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 0RU
Proprietor: Dr. Sue Bevan
Bulby Hall Livery Stables, Bulby, Nr Bourne, South Lincolnshire, PE10 0RU.