Horse riding activities in North Yorkshire

From fun activities on your child’s birthday to show jumping competitions, Friars Hill Riding Stables has a range of riding activities for days out and social events
Little own a pony days are currently unavailable due to Covid 19.

These generally run on Mondays during school holidays where we hold a morning session from 9.30 am till noon. Children come along and learn about ponies, by grooming them and learning how to tack up, they also will receive riding tuition. The cost for this event is £25.00 per child and it is payable in full at booking. The children are asked to wear a long sleeved top, dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring along a small snack and a drink. 

Hacking / Trekking

 Come along and enjoy an escorted hack / trek around some of our beautiful local countryside taking in some spectacular views along the way. All hacks are accompanied by our experienced and qualified members of staff and can be either one or two hours in length (depending upon the rider’s experience). Clients must be a minimum of 8 years of age to take part and be competent. For our less experienced riders we can offer you a walk out for an hour or for 30 minutes. The pace of all hacks / treks will be dictated by the ability of the riders and the ground conditions.

Birthday parties

Birthday parties are currently unavailable due to COVID-19

  We can offer you a birthday party with a difference - A Pony Party, this takes the hassle out of thinking of something different to celebrate your child’s special day. The children can come along and ride for up to an hour.  Children must be 4 years or older to ride and must have completed a rider registration form. Riders will be charged at £25.00 per head. Maximum numbers to be determined by age and ability.

Dressage competitions - Qualifiers for Cricklands

Our winter indoor dressage competitions take place monthly during the autumn and winter months, starting in October with round one, then November, December, January, February and March. There are three tests to choose from each month which will fit in the 20 x 40 arena, 1 x Intro and 2 x Prelim tests.  Points are accumulated from being placed in each separate test and at the end of the series, trophies will be awarded to the riders with most points. Rosettes are awarded to 1st through 6th place in the Intro class to both junior and senior competitions, then 1st-6th in all other classes.If you do not have your own horse then you will be allocated one by our staff. Entry fees are £10.00 per class.

Show jumping competitions – qualifiers for Cricklands

Our show jumping competitions take place monthly on every 3rd Sunday at the yard, starting off with clear round, followed by 55cm, 65cm, 75cm and ending at 85cm. The clear round entry fee is £6.00 pre-entry / £7.00 on the day and rosettes will be awarded to all clear rounds. Height classes have an entry fee of £10.00 pre-entry/ £12.00 on the day per class. Rosettes awarded to 6th place and prize money may be awarded subject to entries. Anyone Under 16 who is riding a 14.2hh or larger will be judged as a senior, any adults riding 14.2hh or under are also classed as seniors.  


Anyone wishing to ride our horse / pony in any of our competitions MUST have completed at least one of our Competition Training Sessions – no exceptions will be made to this rule!

Friars Hill Riding Stables also offer high quality livery services. Our stables are a comfortable place for your horse to stay where they will be looked after by highly knowledgeable staff.