About ABRS Approved Riding Establishments

All riding schools, according to law, must hold a licence to operate their business and the Riding Establishments Act 1964 1970 Licence is granted by Local Authorities.

An ‘Approved School’ is an establishment which has been inspected and found to be satisfactory by one of the national Approved Schemes.  The Association of British Riding Schools conducts such a scheme, setting a high standard for horse care and requires to be satisfied that the instruction given is well presented and correct.  The size of the establishment is immaterial and we have both very large and very small fully approved member schools.  Some have only very basic facilities, but provided they meet our high standard of care and attention to both horse and rider, we are happy to accept them as members.

Such establishments serve all sections of the riding public, whether they ride for pleasure or have more serious aspirations such as a career with horses or competitive endeavour.  Conferences and information days are conducted throughout the country at which members and the public may attend.  The object is to inspire, increase knowledge and keep standards high.

The Association wishes to reassure the riding public that if they select an ABRS Approved School, they should receive sound instruction on suitable horses and ponies using good, safe and well kept saddlery.  Obviously the level of instruction may vary between establishments but all standards are available.  Current member schools are listed on the ABRS website and more information is available from the ABRS office.