Welcome to Ashdown Riding

Ashdown Riding Ltd is located on Lower Misbourne Farm and has been an established riding school and hacking centre on the Ashdown Forest for over 40 years. The rides are superb. Situated right in the middle of beautiful and breathtaking countryside. The stables are tucked down a long farm track with the great advantage that there is absolutely no road work; you are surrounded by the Forest. Ashdown Riding has been a centre of great learning and fun. Here to share the instruction needed to progress into a great rider whether you have been riding for years or just beginning your journey. We have the sand school for safe instruction and the forest on our doorstep to expand your riding experience.

Tash, our Yard Manager and Chief Instructor, will be happy to take your bookings and will to be there through your riding journey. We have set out some options on our new online system but please, if there is something specific you are looking for please do pop us an email or a call and we will see what we can do for you.

Zoe our Groom and Instructor, looks foward to seeing you all! And please give a warm welcome to Ellen and Kira our new members of staff. Hope to see you soon! Thanks everyone for your support and we hope to continue this exciting journey together during an optomistic 2021.

What we do

Riding lessons

We currently offer riding lessons both privately and in a group. We have our own sand school in which you will be instructed by a qualified professional. Most will already know Tash and our newest arrival Zoe. Lessons can be enjoyed by seasoned riders trying to brush up on their skills or complete newbies wanting to learn a new sport. Come along and get into the saddle. Want to know more? Head over to the Riding lessons tab in the menu above.

Hacking out

What could be better than hacking out onto the Ashdown Forest with no road work involved. Safe, comfortable and just beautiful. From the stables position, we are able to walk straight onto the Forest. We believe this is one of the greatest areas of outstanding national beauty and its right on our door step. If you to want to hack out with us, feel free to book in and enjoy it for yourself. Want to know more? Have a look at the Hacking out tab in the menu above.

Pony Loans

We know pony’s are fun. More so for our younger generation as they are able to learn the basics safely. What could be better for our kids to loan a pony, to muck in to help maintain the pony’s environment and enjoy rides and lessons on their favourite animal. If your kids are interested in loaning a pony, please get in touch with Tash or any of the staff here to enquire. What a fantastic opportunity to learn horsemanship at its grass roots. Call Tash on this number: 07311810535.

Kids Parties

Stuck for ideas about having a party for you kids for whatever the occasion? We can help! Every child’s idea for their party is completely different. Please get in touch to discuss making it perfect for them.

Pony Mornings

If you are looking for something for the little ones to enjoy during the half term break, why not book in a pony morning?

Time: 9:30-12:00 – £45.00 per child 

These mornings are all about learning and having fun! There will Stable Management Sessions including grooming and tacking up the ponies and a half hour riding lesson in the sand school followed by a hack on the Forest. 

The children will need their own packed lunches and to be dressed appropriately to work around the horses.

If this sounds like something your child might like to do, don’t delay as these are very popular and there is limited availability!! Please send an enquiry via our website or call us on 07311 810535

Home Education Sessions

We offer a fantastic opportunity for kids who are home schooled. Finding the right sport for your kids can be hard, let us make horse riding part of their curriculum. Something they will enjoy but also get a lot out of. If this interests you and you can put a group together, you’ll be welcome to our 5% discount. Call Tash on this number: 07311810535.

Want to book in?

Welcome to our new booking system. We use Ecpro and its fantastic. Please click on a box below, this will take you to the bookings landing page. Then you can either register yourself if you’re new to us or sign in to book a session. If you are new, first of all welcome, secondly please be patient as our staff will have to grade you before you will be able to book a slot. Please allow 12-24 hours as we can’t do this from horseback.

There is also an ECPRO app you can download from any good App Store which makes it easier in the future to book slots with us.



Just sign in with your registered credentials and see what’s available at any hour of day. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Meet the Team

Tash Burnham
Yard Manager / Instructor

Tash has been working around horses all her life and been at Ashdown for over 7 years. Along with her children, the horses are the love of her life. Having grown up together Fie and Tash have always dreamed of running a centre together and 30 years later, here we are. Tash is great with the kids and teaching adults too, and her horse knowledge is second to none. Tash is a qualified BHS instructor and our fantastic Yard Manager.

Fionn Horne

Fionn has worked professionally in the equine industry for over 20 years. Fionn’s forte is hacking and trekking but loves working with children and has been informally instructing for many years. Fie is currently training to become a fully BHS qualified instructor.

Very enjoyable

The Horses are kept beautifully.The instructors being as experienced as they are, bring the pupils on in leaps and bounds in an enjoyable environment, It appears to me that the pupils are very proud to be a part of Ashdown Riding - Which for me says it all - Jolly well done to you

Sarah Capps Rider

Friendly and Fantastic

Great horses and very friendly people. Fantastic long rides in the beautiful Ashdown Forest. My favourite horses are Bracken and Cas but they are all lovely and all types to suit different abilities and ages

Penny Wight Rider

Best Riding Centre

The best riding centre around, fantastic friendly instructors and amazing horses! The rides over Ashdown Forest are just beautiful and so much fun

Beccy Fyfe Rider


Had a fantastic experience hacking as a family today. The instructor was brilliant, a natural leader and great with both us and the kids. Lovely horses and ponies all nice natured. Thank you so much we will be back!

Kate O’Halloran Rider