Please phone for exact availability and we would be delighted to discuss and advise which lesson is most suitable for the age/ability of your child. Pre-school children - lessons run on the mornings on weekdays. Children of school age - lessons run after school on weekday afternoons and some classes switch to Saturday mornings in the Winter months
Lou started Playmates in 1973 and has enjoyed teaching children ever since. Lou is a qualified BHSAI instructor and first aider and takes charge of all lessons. Since starting up Playmates Lou has many years of experience teaching all ages but now specialises only in Children and has built up a vast collection of very valued and well behaved small ponies, most of which have been here for many years.
Jessie is Lou’s youngest daughter and is following in her mother’s footsteps, currently working her way up the BHS examination ladder. Jessie is a very keen show jumper and represented Great Britain as a junior, and has also been placed at the Horse of the Year Show and The Royal International Show.
Gemma learnt to ride with us as a child and has worked full time at the riding school for 3 years. Gemma is fantastic with both the children and ponies and is an invaluable member of the team. During her spare time Gemma also enjoys riding and competing her own pony Milly.
Dymph joined us summer 2009 after completing a degree at York University. Dymph came to help for just a month but has stayed ever since after falling in love with the ponies and the children.
Margaret is our longest serving member of staff having worked with us for 20 years. Margaret also helps the Cotswold RDA and has 25 years of experience with disabled children.
Kayleigh is currently studying for her A-levels but when not at school can usually be found here! Kayleigh learnt to ride with us and began helping with the ponies as soon as she was allowed! She now has her own pony “Jet” and regularly competes at shows.
During the School Holidays we hold extra rides. All extra rides are tailored to the age and capability of your child. These include: Tack up and Rides Tack up and Rides are 1½ hours and include brushing, washing, plaiting and glittering, tacking-up and of course riding!
Day Courses give you the opportunity to own a pony for the day. In the morning the ponies are prepared for riding and then ridden, and in the afternoon there are gymkhana games and rosettes for all.
Pony parlour sessions are 1 hour and are a useful way of learning about stable management and looking after your pony as well as having lots of fun plaiting and glittering!
Achievement mornings give children of school age the chance to work towards and achieve certificates suitable for their age and capabilities. The BHS Progressive Riding Tests offer a great way to gain more knowledge of horsemanship. Each test includes two sections; Riding and Stable Management. Candidates will learn about grooming, saddlery, points of the pony, how to feed your pony and much more. All children attending will leave the morning with something to show their achievements and a certificate for those that pass.
Please contact us for more details on party’s as we will endeavour to meet your specific requirements.
Please phone for exact availability and we would be delighted to discuss and advise which lesson is most suitable for the age/ability of your child. Pre-school children – morning lessons run from 1030am on weekdays Children of school age – lessons run after school on weekday afternoons and some classes switch to Saturday mornings in the Winter months