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BHS Approved Riding Centre, Livery Yard, Training Venue and Horses Welcome Establishment

Set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, we offer two indoor schools, three outdoor schools, cross country course, horsewalker, equine maseur and plenty of competitions and training available. There are horses and ponies for all abilities with BHS qualified staff. We offer lessons, hacking, livery, competitions, BHS training and examinations.

Checkendon is a BHS Where to Ride and Where to Train centre. We are also part of the Take Back The Reins initiative.

For the Horses

We have large stables with wall-to-wall rubber matting, post and rail paddocks with automatic drinkers. We also have a wash down area and drying room. Outside, there's plenty of parking for lorries and trailers. £10-£20 per night.

Riding Opportunities

Located on the edge of the Chilterns, with miles of country lanes and bridlepaths.  Competitions are held throughout the year, including affiliated and unaffiliated dressage, showjumping and the eventers challenge. The centre has a large range of horses and poines for all ages and abilities and BHS qualified staff.


Instruction Levels

Riding and Jumping up to and including BHSII Exam


  • Outdoor Arena
  • Indoor School
  • Hacking
  • Client Facilities
  • BHS Exam Centre
  • Horses Welcome Centre
  • Livery Yard
  • Riding School
  • Riding and Road Safety Exam Centre
  • Pony Club Centre
  • Take Back The Reins Centre
  • Training Centre


  • RDA
  • Competition Venue

Grading Scheme


Highly Commended
Horse Welfare HC
Customer Care HC
Teaching/Instructing/Coaching HC
Riding Out HC
Stabling HC
Arenas (indoor and outdoor) HC
Grassland Management & Turnout HC
Tack Rooms HC
Feed Rooms HC
Show Jumps HC
Working Procedures HC
Additional Facilities HC

Exams and courses running at this centre

The next courses and exams taking place at this centre are:
Start date Time Duration Fee Name of exam / course
07/11/2016 BHS Preliminary Teaching Test
08/11/2016 10:00 3.5 hours £35.50 Safeguarding and Protecting Children
17/11/2016 Stage 1
12/12/2016 09:15 One Day £80 / £67 ROI First Aid
13/12/2016 09:15 Two Days £111 First Aid
27/03/2017 09:15 One Day £80/£67 ROI First Aid
27/04/2017 Stage 3
04/05/2017 Stage 1
18/05/2017 Stage 2
08/06/2017 BHS Preliminary Teaching Test

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