The riding school has reopened, but we still need your help.

We are really excited about being able to partially reopen following the last Covid lockdown. It is great to be back.

Unfortunately, we cannot yet operate at full capacity and we are still restricted with the types of lessons and events we can offer our clients.

The team is working on the plans for the next phase of “opening” and we are very aware that there are lots of riders that are desperate to get into the saddle.

If you are new to the centre, please make contact with our virtual reception team who will be able to get you set up to ride as soon as possible.

The physical reception office is closed at this time and we are operating a virtual reception on a very restricted service.

We may not be able to answer your phone call personally at the time of your call, but we will respond to all telephone messages, emails and Facebook queries as soon as we can.

The livery yard is open as normal.

These are unprecedented times for the country and we long for the day that the Covid crisis is completely over.

We have responded to the lockdowns by doing our best to reduce fixed costs and delaying some of our planned investments. We have had to make redundancies as well as furlough or reduce the working hours of the team to reflect our income.

The winter lock down was very difficult for a riding school because unlike the summer lockdown, the horses could not just be left in the field to graze the growing grass. Winter means needing to feed horses extra hay, increased costs for bedding in the stables and also increased vet and farrier bills.

CEC staff continue to care for the horses on a daily basis which includes keeping them fit.

It costs about £100-00 per week to provide for a riding school horse. Without additional support many riding schools will have to close.

With some income now coming into the riding school our cash position will improve, but our monthly outgoings will continue to exceed our income for some time yet until we are fully open.

We have been ever so grateful to those donors that have supported us in this time of crisis. However we still need your help and we are continuing to reach out to our riding centre friends, young and old who have enjoyed the centre and everything it has to offer over the years.

You can help by making a one off donation to the riding school by following the link below, or if you would like to make a regular monthly contribution please contact us directly by email at :

We hope you can help.

Love from

Chelmsford Equestrian Centre

We're missing you!

Please send us some pictures and drawings so we can put them on our facebook site and let everyone know we’re all well and waiting for you when this is all over.

Just pop up our facebook page and Send us a mssage including your favourite photos so we can load them up.   And if you want to write a poem for your pony we’ll publish that too.


We have a diary full of activities for both our riding school clients and riders with their own horses so why not keep an eye on our schedule for updates.

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