In August 2010, at the age of 56 years old, I decided to fulfil a long held desire to ride a horse!
None of my family had any connections with horses whatsoever, but having grown up watching John Wayne, The Lone Ranger and my hero Clint Eastwood; I wanted to learn to ride like them too!
A quick internet search of riding schools in the area, a few phone calls later and Sally March, owner of Alstone Court Riding Establishment, was the friendliest and most encouraging when replying to my enquiry. I had once been on a 45 minute pony trek, but that was at least 15 years previously and comprised my entire lifetime’s experience of horses!
The welcome I received was so warm and friendly that all my fears about horsey people were soon quickly dispelled. Alstone Court is a real family business and the numbers of us that turn up every day we can, are testament to the warm, caring, friendly, family feel to the yard.
Sally’s relaxed cheerful attitude belies an extremely knowledgeable, highly experienced and totally professional approach. Just when you think she’s not noticing you, she suggests a simple but fundamental teaching point that suddenly improves everything or a quick reminder to do the thing you’ve been previously taught! Everything we do is fun and relaxed and yet every time I ride I come away having learned something new.
All the staff and family are so very friendly, helpful and encouraging I cannot thank them enough. Alstone Court Riding Establishment is like my second home these days!
Nearly 2 years later and I am completely smitten: so much so that I now have my very own horse (the beautiful and highly talented Sioux, who is teaching me so much) and can’t keep away from the place!