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. 


Angel is a 15hh, 8 year old and laid back lady. She is currently used in the riding school for lessons and hacking. Good on the roads, alone or in company and doesn't mind heavy traffic or open spaces. Snaffle mouthed. Sensible in the school. Happy to look after novices and a real confidence giver. Happy to do trotting poles or trot over little jumps while someone learns and increase their confidence. She is a really sweet natured mare who is easy to handle, box, shoe clip, groom, e.t.c. 
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE8WRjc7J2w


Minstral is a really sweet, laid back, 13.3hh, rising 6, piebald mare. She has a much older head on her shoulders and is currently used in the riding school for lessons and hacking. Before we had her she was used for driving, taking part in pleasure drives in the new forest on several occasions. She is really sensible out hacking, Happily takes riders, children or little tots on the leadrein past heavy traffic, open spaces e.t.c. She is also used in the lessons where she is used to screaming kids, round the world, and horses cantering past her. She happily lives in or out and is currently in a large mixed herds of mares and geldings. She is good to catch, load, clip, e.t.c. You would be welcome to try her driving but you would need to bring your own equipment as we do not have a cart/ harness that would fit her.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE4H-eGrgl4


Ellie is 15.1hh, 6 year old solid piebald mare. She is a really nice comfortable "Leg in each corner" ride. Good in front, alone or behind in lessons or out hacking. She is use to heavy traffic and open spaces. Responsive to the leg, without being sharp, spooky or strong. Good to catch, box, clip e.t.c. Not in any way mareish, lovely stable manners. 
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyzL10IFLVg