Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre

Situated on the main A666 road between Manchester and Bolton, Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre was established in 1993 when the owner of the existing livery yard decided to start a riding school.

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Come and have a look around

We are always happy to see new faces (and old friends) and you are welcome to visit our yard. We know sometimes the urge to see, touch, talk to and yes, even smell a pony, is overwhelming so even if you’re not riding feel free to visit us, feed the ducks, chat to others on the yard, have a coffee and enjoy yourself.


In partnership with the Emile Faurie Foundation, the brainchild of the Olympic rider and European Championship Medal winner, we host projects with local schools to give access to inner city children who would not usually think of equestrianism as their first choice of sport.


From its small beginnings of two ponies and a small paddock the Centre now covers almost 60 acres and has 50+ horses and ponies, an indoor school, an outdoor arena, is a Pony Club Centre, hosts the local sixth form college Equine Studies course, and teaches horsemanship up to BHSAI standard.


In 2004 Sarah Fitton BHSI took over ownership of RFEC. Sarah managed the riding school for the previous owner and was instrumental in building the Centre from its humble beginnings to its present day status.

Taster Sessions

If you would just like to "try" riding to see what it's like, or you were a horse-mad teenager and now have "matured" into a sensible adult but still remember the magic and want to recapture it, then why not visit our Taster Session. These are intended to be a gentle introduction to the special relationship we have with horses. Starting at £5.00 every Tuesday this is exactly what the name says, a little "taste" of RFEC's way of doing things. It includes a riding demonstration, a few tips on the jargon we use and - what you all come for - a trial ride on a horse or pony.

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  • Indoor Arena

    20 x 40 metres Indoor Arena. Fully covered and floodlit with training mirrors and a spectators area.

  • Outdoor Arena

    50x50 metres. All weather surface with floodlighting. Including a full set of show jumps and mobile cross country fences as well our exclusive RFEC derby bank allowing access from the arena across our training field.

  • Training Fields

    Two specially designed schooling fields, one aimed at beginners and the other for more advanced riders.