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.

 -All rides to be paid for in full when making a booking. This is non refundable. If more than 72 hours notice is given we can reschedule a ride to an available time within 7 days. Rides may only be rescheduled once. 

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. 


Buffalo is a 14hh very pretty gypsy vanner type blue and white gelding. He is 5 years old and is currently used in Riding School for lessons and hacking. He is used to children and small adults, used to round the world and children learning. Happy out hacking, used to big lorries, open spaces and farm animals. Before we owned him he has also been driven, which he was apparently very good at, even taking part in a wedding. (You are welcome to try this but you would have to bring your own equipment as we don't have any driving equipment to fit him.) Happy to live in or out, currently living in a large mixed herd of mares and geldings. Good to shoe, box, bath e.t.c.


Holly, 15.1hh, well built, weight carrying mare. 9 years old. Currently used in Willowbrook riding centre for hacking with a variety of riders. She was bought to do lessons and hacking but doesn't enjoy school work. Happy to hack but needs to be in company, where she is easy and happy in her job. Lives in or out, used to being in a mixed herd of mares and geldings. Will add video when we have chance.


George, 13.2hh, 7 year old attractive skewbald gelding. Currently used in Willowbrook Riding Centre for lessons and hacking. A nice and chunky build so takes small adults as well as children. A kind natured, confidence giving pony who gets used on and off the leadrein. He is very good out hacking, happy to go alone and in company, not worried by heavy traffic or open spaces. Happy to plod along with mum or go and have a canter with the bigger children. He is used to all the normal kiddie exercises like round the world as well as children flapping and shouting. Enjoys his jumping would be a nice pony to learn to jump on. Lives in or out.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnHP6hkbS2I


Bea is a 14.2hh, mature 6 year old Very dark brown/ Black cob type mare. She is currently used in Willowbrook riding centre for lessons and hacking. She hacks out alone, in front or behind. Good with traffic (including lorries and tractors), open spaces and farm animals e.t.c. Good in the school, enjoys her jumping. She would make a good pony club type and would love doing sponsored rides. She would be a lovely pony as a mother/ daughter share. She would let the mum enjoy hacking feeling safe while still be up to having lots of fun with the daughter!


Beauty is a 15hh, 6 year old black cob mare. She is a good weight carrier and not a lazy plod, but not a speed merchant either. A comfortable ride. Very sensible out hacking alone or in a group. Good in traffic and open spaces. Enjoys being groomed and pampered. Happy to live in or out. Used to being in a mixed herd of mares and geldings.


Ellie is 15.1hh, 7 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 and not a lazy kick along. 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. Good in open spaces and with farm animals. Not in any way mareish, lovely stable manners. 
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyzL10IFLVg


Blackie is a 14.2hh, 12 year old black mare. She is a real sweet and fun pony. Currently being used at Willowbrook Riding Centre for lessons and hacking. Nice ride in the school, enjoys jumping. She is good out hacking, forward but still sensible. Good in heavy traffic and riding past fields with farm animals, bikes and dogs. She is an easy pony to look after and loves the fuss and attention. A lovely fun pony who will happily take little tots on the leadrein yet enjoys jumping and cross country and fun things with the bigger children/ small adults. Would be a great pony club type.  Happy to live in or out with mares and geldings. Good to catch, load shoe etc.