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. 


Sky, 15.2hh heavyweight cob mare. 11 this year. She is currently used in Willowbrook riding center for lessons and hacking, with all sizes and abilities of riders. Good in heavy traffic, open spaces and with farm animals. Was driven with her previous owner but we haven't got a cart or harness to fit her. Good to catch, load, shoe e.t.c.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JKWWy27OzQ

Ozzy (SOLD)

Ozzy. 14hh piebald Gypsy vanner type gelding. 7 years old. Loads of feather a gorgeous pony with real presence. Currently used in Willowbrook riding center for lessons and hacking. Really lovely hack, sensible in heavy traffic and open spaces. Lovely comfortable canter. Very soft mouth. An excellent pony for someone who wants to feel safe without using much leg. Happy to live in or out, currently in a large mixed herd of mares and geldings. Good to box, catch, shoe e.t.c.

Wallace (SOLD)

Wallace. 14.1hh Piebald gelding 7 years old. Currently used in Willowbrook riding center for lessons and hacking. A nice pony that is used for leadrein lessons and walkouts for little tots, but enjoys having a canter and jump with bigger children and small adults. Happy to go first, last or alone out hacking. Good with traffic and open spaces. Happy to live in or out, currently in a large mixed herd of mares and geldings. Good to catch, bath, clip e.t.c.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2yMI3MRWU


Domino, 15.2hh, dark skewbald mare. 9 years old. Currently used in Willowbrook riding center. Hacks alone and in company, in front, alone or behind. She is used to going out round the village with people that have never sat on a horse before, and also going out for longer rides over the southdowns with a variety of ages and experiences riding her. She is used to heavy traffic, motorway bridges, open spaces, yappy dogs and screaming children. She is good to catch, shoe, clip, bath, load e.t.c. She lives in or out, currently lives in a large mixed herd of mares and geldings. Not at all mareish.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjB-L6JlgtU


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