The Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre

Registered Charity
Charity Number: 1159306

The Thorney Island Saddle Club is a Livery, Equestrian and riding Centre situated within the military Camp on Thorney Island in Emsworth.

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The Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre

Registered Charity
Charity Number: 1159306

The Thorney Island Saddle Club is a Livery, Equestrian and riding Centre situated within the military Camp on Thorney Island in Emsworth.

Read More

The Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre

Registered Charity
Charity Number: 1159306

The Thorney Island Saddle Club is a Livery, Equestrian and riding Centre situated within the military Camp on Thorney Island in Emsworth.

Read More

The Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre

Registered Charity
Charity Number: 1159306

The Thorney Island Saddle Club is a Livery, Equestrian and riding Centre situated within the military Camp on Thorney Island in Emsworth.

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Welcome

The Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society (BHS) approved Riding Centre situated in Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hants.

 

The Centre was founded in the 1985 and gained charitable status in 2014. As a non-profit charity it is managed by a committee of military members and run by our friendly civilian management team. The Centre’s primary purpose is to promote the efficiency of the armed forces by the provision of equestrian courses, events and facilities to service personnel and their dependants and to promote relations with the wider community. 

 

We work very closely with wounded, injured and sick service personnel, and continue to deliver group and private lessons for all ages and abilities

 

The Centre is very proud of the support of its civilian membership and the local equestrian community who frequently visit for tuition, or to attend competitions.

Information

Facilities

Set in 300² meters of well-maintained paddocks; the Centre also boasts:

40m x 20m indoor arena with training mirrors & spectators gallery.
40m x 20m outdoor arena.
Jumping paddock with arena cross jumps.
Complete set of show jumps.
Working hunter jumps.
52 stables.
Horse walker.
Horse shower.
Covered grooming area.
Client conveniences.
Reception area with vending machine.
Huge car, Lorry and Trailer parking area.
Well maintained ‘post and rail’ paddocks


Both the indoor and outdoor arena are available for hire when not being used for lessons. Contact RAECTI for prices.

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Tuition

Our friendly, professional instructors are BHS qualified. We have a wide range of horses and ponies who are selected on your abilities and requirements.

All new clients and beginners will have a 30 min private assessment so that our instructor can help, support and assess your ability.

We offer a range of lessons from private, semi-private to group. In addition we have regular hacks around our beautiful island and beach.

To help young children start to enjoy horses we offer Trotting Tots (18mth-4yrs). We offer 1hr sessions every Wed. Fun lessons which include riding and confidence building exercises. On reaching 4yrs most of our Trotting Tots progress to main group lessons.

Lessons take place Mon-Sat.  Please contact RAECTI for more details.

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Livery

Our BHS approved livery yard provides a well-equipped, safe environment where your horse will be cared for by experienced and dedicated staff. Most of our liveries have been with us for years, which is testimony to the service we offer and the friendly, supportive atmosphere here.

RAECTI has a number of spacious stables on the yard with a separate secure tack room. Our paddocks are fenced with good quality post and rail fencing and there is summer and winter turn out available.

We offer DIY, Part-Assisted, Assisted & Full Livery

Facilities include:

Loose box
Winter and Summer turnout
Indoor & Outdoor Schools
Horse Walker
Horse Shower
Seperate Horse Groom Rooms
Seperate Vet inspection area
Isolation stable & paddock
Bedding available to be purchased
Extra services on request
Livery packages can be tailored to suit your needs

Please contact RAECTI for more details.

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Meet the Team


General Manager 

Major (Retired) Sue Wilkinson AGC(SPS)
 

Sue took over the volunteer post of General Manager RAECTI in March 2017. Having worked with the Centre twice before (achieving charitable status in 2014) she couldn't pass up the chance to work with it again. Sue brings over 30 years military HR, leadership & management experience and a strong understanding of how valuable equines are in our day to day wellbeing. She works closely with other charities to ensure that the RAECTI meets is main objectives to provide a fantastic welfare facility for wounded, injured & sick service personnel and veterans whilst retaining strong links with the local community.
The success of our equestrian centre and charity depends on the strength of the team behind it and the talent, skills, experience and dedication of the individual team members. We recognised and value the importance of the people who make up our team and encourage our team members to continually develop their skills. The result is a highly motivated, dedicated and committed team who are proud to play their role in achieveing even greater success for our clients.
Come and visit us here at RAECTI anytime. You will receive a warm welcome and we will be more than happy to show you around. We are here because we love what we do.




Officer Manager
Jane Ord

With over 45 years equine experience including working at Penarth Stud and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Brunei Stables Jane is our Office Manager. Joining the RAECTI in Sep 18 Jane has built a fantastic rapport with all our liveries, staff, children and riders. Her passion and drive towards the care of our horses and ponies and working with the military and wider civilian community is second to none.

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Instructor 
Vicky Edge

Working in the equine industry for over 29 years Vicky has a wealth of experience. She is passionate about her students and in particular coaching. She has a keen interest in the biomechanics and asymmetry of horse riders. Currently bringing on her own young horse she hopes to take her through the levels of dressage.

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Instructor 
Jo Bowden BHSAI

With 30 years equine experience, Jo is a valued member of the team. With 3 horse of her own to loves to teach all ages and abilities. A motivated and enthusiastic instructor she knows how to bring out the best in all she teaches.

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Groom
Abi Dudley

Abi prides herself on the care of all our horses and ponies. Riding for many years her passion is dressage and she regularly competes with her beautiful Fresian, Olli. Abi is working towards her Stage 1.

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Groom
Kim Denman

3 years old when she started riding Kim's passion is eventing but she loves all disciplines. She has her own horse, Blazer, that she has owned since she was 17 and enjoys competing with him on a regular basis.With lots of equine knowledge Kim is a great new addition to the team.

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Groom 
Lisa Lavery

Watch this space!

 

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Shows & Events


We hold a range of events throughout the year. Some are exclusively for members and others are open to all.

Regular events include:

Own a Pony Days
Riding Camps
Easter, Summer, Autumn & Winter Open Shows
Open unaffiliated dressage events (Prelim, Novice and Elementary)
Variety of Clinic (using both our resident & guest instructors)

Check our Facebook page for up to date information on our shows and events.

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Membership & Prices

Becoming a member of the RAECTI represents a commitment to helping us achieve our charitable aims and assists with the upkeep of our amazing horses & ponies. All members benefit from reduced rates on lessons as well as priority bookings. Members can also particpate in a number of activities that we organise throughout the year with discounted member entry fees.

Our memberships are avaiable as adult, child and family.

Membership runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.

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Health & Safety


RAECTI provides and maintains a safe and healthy working environment as required by law. 
We have helmets available for newcomers although it is stressed that if you ride on a regular basis, that appropriate kit should be bought.
Please note that horse riding is a high risk sport and therefore riders do so entirely at their own risk.

Data Protection

If you join, ride or compete at the Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre we may keep hold of your name, address, telephone number and email address.  We will only use this to send you information relevant to the RAECTI and will not sell your data or pass it to anyone else. If you would rather not have these detail registered with us, you can still join but will not be sent our newsletter, schedules or event details/forms.

Please also be aware that photographers attend our events and the images taken at these events are uploaded to their website to view and purchase. The images may also be uploaded to Facebook when sold for social media or used to promote the event. By riding (through lessons or group activities), entering or attending our events you are deemed to accept this. If however you wish not to have your photo taken please inform the organisers and the photographers on the day.
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