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. Remember though, we do have our own working dogs on the yard and they can be very jealous of interlopers so please leave your dogs at home.
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.
From its small beginnings of two ponies and a small paddock the Centre now covers almost 60 acres and has 52 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. There is also a cross country course under construction.
In partnership with the Emile Faurie Foundation, the brainchild of the Olympic rider and European Championship Medal winner, we host a project with a local high school to give access to inner city children who would not usually think of equestrianism as their first choice of sport.
Both the riding school and the livery yard have the seal of approval from the British Horse Society.
In 2004 Sarah Fitton BHSII 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.
and there are still many changes to come so watch this space ...