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 Battle Back Riding for 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:

52 good sized stables on the main yard.
40m x 20m indoor school with viewing gallery.
40m x 20m outdoor school.
Car, Lorry and Trailer Parking Area.
Well maintained ‘post and rail’ paddocks
Cross country course with a mixture of solid fences and jump cross fences
Show jumps

Both the Indoor and Outdoor School along with the Cross Country Course are available for hire. Contact RAECTI for prices.

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Tuition

Before joining RAECTI, all prospective members are asked to complete a 30 minute assessment ride to determine their level of ability to determine an appropriate teaching class.

Children must be 4 years and above.

All tuition at RAECTI is provided by our friendly and qualified instructors.  Our civilian instructors are BHS registered to ensure quality, suitability and progression.

Lessons take place throughout the week and on Saturday. We welcome all levels of riders and have a range of excellent horses and ponies.  Please contact RAECTI for more details.

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Livery

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.

Full, Assisted, Part Assisted and DIY taken and the facilities include:

Loose box
Winter and Summer turnout
Indoor & Outdoor Schools
Horse Walker
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/Groom

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 dresage 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 
Gunner Joe Rigby

Gunner Joe Rigby joins us on attachment from 12th Regiment Royal Artillery. A great addition to our team Joe has all the characteristics we love to see - dedicated, hard working, friendly and passionate about our horses & ponies! 

 

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Health & Safety


RAECTI provides and maintains a safe and healthy working environment as required by law.
 
There is a number of helmets available for newcomers although it is stressed that if you decide to join and ride on a regular basis, that appropriate kit is bought.

Welcome to the RAECTI and we hope you enjoy pleasant and instructive riding.

Please note that horse riding is a high risk sport and therefore riders do so entirely at their own risk.

Membership & Prices

Click here for Prices


 

Shows & Events


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

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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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