St Mary's Riding Centre

Isles of Scilly

The Council of the Isles of Scilly

Riding Establishments Licence Number RE0003

Rider Information

Early booking is advisable if you require a specific date or time - particularly during peak holiday times - but not always essential. We may have space even if you have a last-minute enquiry. Bookings can be made via the email enquiry form, or telephone.

 

We require the following information at time of booking:
Name, age (if under 18 years, minimum age 4 yrs), approximate height and weight (an upper weight limit of 18st does apply but may vary during the year; riders close to this weight limit may be restricted to 1 hr non-cantering rides; please enquire), ability/previous riding experience, contact telephone number. 

 

Rides may be postponed in the event of bad weather for safety reasons.

Please telephone at least one hour before your ride 01720 423855 / 07733 882189 if it is wet or windy to confirm that your ride will be going ahead.

 

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your ride.Safety helmets are provided free of charge. If riders wish to bring their own helmet, it must conform to the new standards for 2016 of PAS 015 (see below). Please wear sturdy footwear (please ask our staff if you need some advice). Please wear clothing to protect arms and legs from brambles. Full length trousers are recommended.You are reminded that horse riding is a risk sport.   

 

New helmet safety standards:
A helmet with just EN1384 only is now no longer up to standard. If it has any of these other standards alongside it then it is acceptable:
ASTM F1163
SNELL E2001
PAS015
If any of the three above are the only standard in a hat, then this hat is also still up to standard

The Rides

Treks

You will be provided with one of our quiet and well-mannered horses carefully suited to your needs. Our four-legged friends range from tiny ponies, to magnificent shire horses. For the novice rider, a gentle ride with a leading escort to learn the basics in riding, or for the more experienced rider, a faster pace over more demanding terrain. Riding groups are always accompanied by one or more experienced escort(s) / instructor(s).

There are opportunities for more experienced riders to separate from the rest of the ride in order to canter, even if other members of their family/group are novice riders who choose to stay in walk and trot. Cantering depends on ground and weather conditions and will be at the discretion of the instructor.

Lessons / Lead Rein Rides

Our lessons take place in a 20m x 40m sand and rubber chip outdoor arena, where riders can learn the basics or work to improve dressage and jumping skills. Whatever your level of riding experience, we have a horse and a ride to suit you. We also have a cross country course for our more experienced riders who have their own body protectors.