What Makes Willowbrook Different?

Established in 1989 by Christine Hirlehey, Willowbrook Riding Centre is a family-run horse riding school and livery yard with a friendly and informal atmosphere. The riding school is open all year round and offers horse riding in West Sussex and Hampshire for all abilities of anyone over the age of two and a half, with a maximum rider weight of 16 stone. The horse riding school is situated in the semi-rural village of Hambrook, close to the West Sussex / Hampshire border, about 4 miles from Havant and Chichester.

ABRS Approved riding school


Horse riding stables with tradition

Our Staff

Staff at Willowbrook Riding Centre

At Willowbrook Riding Centre, you will receive a pleasant and warm welcome from our team – Christine and Kerry. We are here to cater for your equestrian needs, from introductory lessons to long, enjoyable hacks.

Bed and Breakfast

Willowbrook Bed and Breakfast

Willowbrook Bed and Breakfast offers friendly and relaxed accommodation in a semi-rural village. At the front of the house, there is a large block paved car park perfect for large vehicles. Pets are welcome by arrangement. Prices start from just £60 per night, per person, when booking direct.

Our Horses

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At Willowbrook, we prioritise having all our horses are fit and healthy. All our riding school horses have annual council vet inspections to ensure this. Our horses 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, so they are well rested and don’t “switch off” to the rider.


Christine Hirlehey

Christine Hirlehey

Christine is a qualified horse riding instructor with a BHS Horse Mastership accreditation that she achieved in 1981 while training at South Weylands Equestrian Centre in Surrey.

She has won numerous horse riding awards with her most notable competition win in the Ridden Arabian Horse Showing class at the 1998 Royal Windsor Horse Show.

In her spare time, she writes horse name idea articles on horseynames.com

Our Instructor

Kerry Reed

Kerry Reed
Senior Instructor

Kerry has been working at Willowbrook for over 20 years and for almost 10 years has been our senior instructor.