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. 


Smudge, A smart looking, 15.2hh 7 years old gelding. Lovely easy going nature. Currently used in Willowbrook Riding center for lessons and hacking for a variety of ages and abilities. Happy to do the basics in the school and has a nice jump. Good out hacking, sensible in traffic, dosent mind big lorries or tractors and is equally happy in open spaces and with farm animals. Happy to live in or out, is currently in a large mixed herd of mares and geldings. Good to load, catch, shoe e.t.c.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MghwWAXGxTY


Blackie is a 14.2hh, 11 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. Happy to live in or out with mares and geldings. Good to catch, load shoe etc.


Lucy is a 15.3hh, very pretty bay/dun mare. She is 14 years old, very sweet natured with superb stable manners. She would make a good school mistress. Lucy hacks out alone and in company where she is sensible with all kinds of traffic or in open spaces. Hasn't been taught to jump. She has been used in at Willowbrook Riding Centre where she is ridden by a variety of people, including novices. Worming and teeth are up to date.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-AyHWoEq4o


Mary is a 5 year old, 15hh black cob mare. She has been used in at Willowbrook riding centre where she is ridden by a variety of people, including novices. Hacks out alone and in company where she is sensible with all kinds of traffic or in open spaces. She is a comfortable and fun horse to ride who loves jumping. A really sweet mare to handle and not at all mareish. Will live in or out with mares and geldings. She is good to shoe, box, clip, catch etc. Worming and teeth are up to date.


Annie is a 16hh, very dark brown, 8 year old mare. She is currently being used in the riding school for lessons and hacking. Not a lazy kick along but still sensible. She has a good jump and happy to pop over small jumps or go round a cross country course. Hacks out alone or in company. Shes good in traffic, open spaces etc. Annie has a great temperament and loves to be fussed over, not at all mareish. Easy to box, catch and shoe etc. 
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOOKpFOIDQ