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. 


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.

Theo (Sold)

Theo is a 15.3 bay gelding. 7 years old. Currently used in Willowbrook Riding Centre for lessons and hacking. Hacks alone, in front or behind. Good in heavy traffic and open spaces. Has a good and easy jump on him. A lovely natured boy who enjoys a fuss. No vices, good to catch, load, shoe e.t.c


Scotty is a 14.1hh, 5 year old black Cob Gelding. He likes lots of fussing and has a genuine nature. Not a fidget. Good allrounder with a nice soft mouth. Not a kick along plod, but a lovely confidence giving ride. He is happy to alone, in front or behind. Good in heavy traffic and open spaces. Sensible ride in the ménage and currently used at Willowbrook Riding Centre. Enjoys his jumping. No vices. Easy to catch, load, shoe etc. Happy to live in or out with mares and/or geldings.  


Havana is a smart looking 15hh, 6 year old black mare. A very honest mare with a laid back stable attitude, loves her grooming time and a real cuddly bear type. She is a very comfy ride, great out hacking in heavy traffic and in open spaces. Sensible ride in the ménage and currently used by novices (But not a plod) at Willowbrook Riding Centre. Presently learning to jump and enjoys her jumping. Has plenty of stamina, well suited for sponsored rides and riding club. Not at all marish would make a perfect family horse. No vices. Easy to catch, load, shoe etc. Happy to live in or out with mares and/or geldings.


Jane, 15.1hh Very dark brown 14 year old mare. She needs a home that will give her love, patience and understanding. She has hunted with the Southdowns Bloodhounds and done cross country. However she has now gone stale in the school and until recently hacked out without any worries but unfortunately she now seems wary of traffic. She will need an experienced adult to handle and ride her to build up her confidence helping her to overcome her issues. Right home more important than price. 


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.