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Topic: Horse Riding Lessons
Posted : 14/05/11 / Views : 3552 / Replies : 24 /
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anonymous
I need horse riding lessons. I live in London but every school I ask says that they have a weight limit of 13st. As a 14st lump, I'm currently out of options.

Have you got any ideas?

I mean Russell Crowe and Ray Winston ride horses and they're not skinny librarians!

Does anyone know about Horseriding schools in and around London that cater for beefier actors?

Yours pedestrianly
Glenn
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Reply #1
Posted : 31/12/10
Have you tried those a little further out like Lee Valley way or up towards Epping?

I'd be interested in your results as it's something I'd like to do again myself.
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Posted : 31/12/10
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Hey Glenn

www.filmhorses.com These stables are based just outside Windsor and are run by a tiny but fearsome lady called Janet. They provide horses and training for film & tv but I seem to recall that you can also go for regular lessons - give them a call. I did a weekend course there, arranged through a combat company, and can testify that these horses are huge; my husband weighs about the same as you and these horses had no problem carrying him. Good luck and have fun!

CC
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13st weight limit!! I am so screwed! I need riding lessons too...probably for the same thing as Glenn!
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Methinks I'd best find a riding school that uses shire horses! lol!
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Film Horses?
Is that Janet Rogers? She is well known in the Buisnes, I have ridden one of her horses, and I am not far shy of 17 Stone.
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Posted : 31/12/10
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anonymous
Thanks CC for that information, I sent an email off to them and will put the resultant info up on this thread for all the other portly actors out there ; )

Thanks and Happy New Year to all !

Glenn
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Posted : 01/01/11
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Trent Park should be okay
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Posted : 01/01/11
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I think I'm roght in saying that Lea Valley should be able to cope with most of you, and I seem to remember that they aren't too eye-wateringly pricey. they are a bit BHS school- focussed, which means they aren't keen on things like riding one-handed, but they are used to actors, and patient and understanding. Mind you, Clare has come up with a specialist, and I would guess that, as usual, her idea is better.
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Posted : 01/01/11
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Channelle Hurley
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i think if you go for a combat course they deal with horse riding hope this is helpfull

channelle x
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Posted : 02/01/11
A combat course where?
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Posted : 02/01/11
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you can google any combat courses in england aloso stunt schools they deal with horse riding true grit is a good shool ive heard of,goodluck

channelle
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Posted : 02/01/11
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Ceejay Sargent
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Hi Glenn
CC is correct Janet at film horses is definitely where you want to go. She can teach anyone to do just about anything on horseback. From basic riding skills up to and including jousting & mounted combat. & her horses are designed to carry beefy men in armour so they'll have no probs with you. I have ridden with Janet many times over the last few years she has taught me to joust & more recently sidesaddle so I can highly recommend her. Also she puts all her riding tuition in the context of riding on a film set so it's really useful. Hope it helps.
Ceejay
Reply #13
Posted : 03/01/11
The Centre of Horseback Combat looks pretty damn nifty too and I'm sure they could cope with significant weight
Reply #14
Posted : 03/01/11
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Thanks folks for all your input and suggestions. Janet, the lady that several of you suggested, got back to me last night. She said my weight was not a problem and I'm in the process of booking a block of about ten lessons. They will work out at about forty quid per hourly lesson ( which according to my research is very reasonable).
Janet said that about ten lessons would have me confident and competent on a horse and then i could move on to jousting etc if I wanted.
Looking forward to it and thanks for your invaluable help folks.

Glenn
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Posted : 03/01/11
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Theres a small riding school in Clapton/Hackney that maybe worth a try.
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Posted : 03/01/11
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Elizabeth Marnie
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Could you put on prices of the horse riding schools

Thanks so much


Lizzie
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Posted : 04/01/11
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Clare Cameron
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Glad to have been of help Glenn. Have fun, ride safe and know that you are learning from a master! Most of all, enjoy!
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Posted : 05/01/11
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I would look outside London as you will fine much more variety. Oxfordshire Warwickshire's etc. Only an hour outside London but it is proper horse country.
I ride and own my own horse and cast for a big commercial that is on my reel, at a central London yard and I couldn't believe the cramped conditions and lack of facilites. Horses really are for the country not the city.
There are many equestrian centres around the country that can offer lessons, workshops. And extended training with a greater variety of horses for you to ride. Sounds like you need a big friendly cob to me!
PM me for more horsey advice.
Reply #19
Posted : 04/05/11
Trent Park have a 16st limit and it's not expensive (though that's obviously a subjective view).

Filmhorses website now doesn't mention anything about lessons so do they still do them?
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Posted : 04/05/11
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Ceejay Sargent
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Yes they do but don't really advertise that fact. Just ring Janet & she'll give you all the details
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Posted : 14/05/11
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Cicely Tennant
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Have you got any ideas?

I mean Russell Crowe and Ray Winston ride horses and they're not skinny librarians!

Does anyone know about Horseriding schools in and around London that cater for beefier actors?


Hi Glenn,
I found an intensive riding course Mon 27th June - Friday 1st July 2011 advertised on CCP. http://www.uk.castingcallpro.com/page.php?uid=3541
They take actors up to 20 Stone, its not in London but it looks like an amazing course, check it out.

Hope it helps
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Posted : 14/05/11
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Cicely Tennant
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Hi Guys,

I've just looked more into the course, the price is so good, its 4hrs riding a day.
http://www.skills4actors.com/courses/horse-riding-for-actors

Good luck hope to see you on the next gladiator.
C
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Posted : 14/05/11
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Hi Cicely
I've tried several times to get the skills site but each time it froze my machine. Not sure why.

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