Willowbrook Riding Centre | Willowbrook is horse riding school offering lessons and scenic hacking located between Chichester and Havant ( West Sussex / Hampshire )

Willowbrook Riding Centre lies between the South Downs and the sea in the semi rural village of Hambrook. A family run riding school and livery yard with a friendly, informal atmosphere. The riding school is open all year round and we offer lessons and hacking for anyone over the age of 2 and a half with a maximum weight of 16st. The riding school is situated close to the West Sussex / Hampshire border, about 4 miles from Havant and Chichester.

Hacking on Boe Hill with Willowbrook Riding Centre
  • Lessons for all ages and abilities.
  • A Large Floodlit menage
  • Private or Group Lessons available.
  • Hacking on the Sussex Downs.
  • Children’s pony mornings. 
  • School horses and ponies for sale.
  • Maximum of 6 in a lesson or hack.
  • We offer Full Livery.
  • Open 5 days a week (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).
  • Informal and friendly instructors.
  • Nervous and Novice Riders welcomed.
  • Vouchers available.
  • B & B accommodation

At Willowbrook Riding Centre you will receive a pleasant and warm welcome from our team - Christine Hirlehey and Kerry Reed. We are here to cater for your equestrian needs from basic lessons to long enjoyable hacks.

Cancellation Policy
Staff Office at Willowbrook Riding Centre
 - The Cancellation Policy applies to all bookings.

 - If at least 48 hours notice of Cancellation is given then 

the lesson or hack can be re-booked for a future date.

- In the event that less than 48 hours notice is given the full cost of the lesson will be charged.

Riding Attire - safety and comfort
Horse riding hats and boots at Willowbrook
- All riders must wear a riding hat which complies with the necessary safety standards of the Association of British Riding Schools.

- Riders may hire a riding hat free of charge.

- All riders must wear suitable footwear. If footwear does not have a suitable sole and heel, riding boots will be provided free of charge.

- We ride in all weathers so please ensure that your clothing is suitable for the weather.

The horses at Willowbrook
Star (Horse) at Willowbrook The horses are all fit and healthy and have annual vet inspections to ensure they remain fit. They are not used for more than 4 hours a day, however they rarely do four hours and most do little work except at the weekends. They also have at least two complete days off a week to ensure they are well rested and don’t “switch off” to the rider. As an extra treat during the year all the horses and ponies are regularly given carrots and on a rotation basis the horses are given treats such as salt licks to ensure they feel well looked after too. 


13hh, 4 year old, piebald gelding. Currently used in the riding school. Used for all the little tots in the lead rein, in the school and out and about in the village. An ideal pony for them to do exercises, mess about and generally learn on. happy on or off the lead rein, although he is still a bit green in the school, however he is still safe and sensible. Hacks out in front, behind or by himself. Quite happy to plod around the village or go out on the downs. Nice to handle, happy to be groomed and be led around by kids and adults. Was driven with previous owners. Lives in or out, happy with mares and geldings. 
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzJCJz9B7bE


12.1hh, pretty grey mare. Currently used in the riding school. She is snaffled mouthed and used to hacking out in traffic, on or off the leid rein. Happy to be lead around and handled by children or adults. She is used to the mounting block and will stand while her girth and stirrups are properly adjusted. Sweet natured, great for children and easy pony to look after. 
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBBMsAXaGzA


Indie is a pretty 15.2hh, 9 years old, skewbald mare. Good in heavy traffic, open spaces and past farm animals. Snaffle mouthed. Lovely mare to handle, easy to catch, lead etc. Happy to live in or out, used to being turned out in a large mixed herds of mares and geldings. Not at all mareish.
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yheum0F4ABg


15hh, Irish skewbald gelding. 6 years old. Currently used in the riding school for hacking and lessons. Hacks alone or in company. Use to all the usual things you would see on a rural hack. Nice small jump. He is fed up of school work so needs a hacking home. Happy to live in or out and used to being in a large mixed herd of mares and geldings. 
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bLI-2x-gNI


Ginny 14.3hh very dark bay mare, 9 years old. Used in the riding school for hacking and lessons. Very sweet natured, not in any way mareish. Suitable for nervous riders. Very good in the heaviest of traffic. Not in any way strong, nice and steady ride. Great family horse. No vices.
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpjj8xTl8w