The Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre is a 5 star, British Horse Society (BHS) approved Riding Centre situated in Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hants.

Founded in 1985 the charity focuses to provide physical rehabilitation for wounded & injured service personnel, veterans and those within the local community. We initiate and further advance confidence, empowerment & self-awareness that help support those who experience anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. The therapeutic benefits of allowing those we help to interact with the horses compliments both physical and mental wellbeing. The RAECTI is very proud of the support it receives from its members & the local equine community who frequently attend and support our fundraising events.

The Royal Artillery Equestrian Centre Thorney Island nicknamed RAECTI is not just for military personal, it's main source of income is from members of the public. Lessons, hacks, pony days and pony parties are just some of the day to day activities that take place at RAECTI. We also operate a livery yard for various types of livery packages.



  • One on one private lessons
  • Semi private lessons
  • Group lessons
  • Beginners on and off the lead rein
  • Trotting tots for under 5 year olds
  • Home education sessions 
  • Military discount for serving personal



  • Part / assisted and full livery packages
  • Packages tailored to individual needs
  • Stabled overnight in the winter months
  • Additional turn out in the summer months
  • Adhock services available
  • Clipping services
  • Intructors on site


  • 20 x 40 indoor fiber wax sufaced arena
  • 20 x 40 floodlit outdoor all weather arena
  • 6 space horse walker with rubber flooring
  • 3 x undercover equine groom rooms
  • Rest room with hot drink making facilities
  • Well  maintained post and rail paddocks
  • Individual / pairs turn out 
  • 2 x sets of jumps (rustic & show jumps)
  • On-site instructors plus external coaches



Christian Samuel Halliday Hewitt

RAECTI Trustees
Victoria Parker-Smith & Mike Francis

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 motivated, dedicated and committed team who are proud to play their role in achieving even greater success for our clients.

Come and visit us here at RAECTI. You will receive a warm welcome and we will be more than happy to show you around.

Yard Manager

Vicki Pethick

With over 40 years experience and horses of her own Vicki is passionate about the equine industry. Prince is owend by Vicki and is part of our riding school herd. She brings a wealth of work force management experience and is passionate about the success of the RAECTI being the driving force behind the team. 


Vicky Edge

Working in the equine industry for over 30 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 through the dressage paces.


Jo Bowden BHSAI

With over 30 years equine experience, Jo is a valued member of the team. With 3 horses of her own to loves to teach all ages and abilities. Kenco and Jasper are owed by Jo and are favourites on the riding school. A motivated and enthusiastic instructor she knows how to bring out the best in all she teaches.

Head Groom

Annabelle Harvey Mason

Having been around horses her whole life, Annabelle has her own horse, Wally that she enjoys competing with him on a regular basis. With her willingness to help others, Annebelle is a great addtion to our team. She holds her BHS stage 2 and is working towards her stage 3.


Grace Barham

Grace joined RAECTI as part of the apprenticeship scheme which she has now successfully completed and keeps her loan pony Roxy here at RAECTI who she joins in our events with. She has an interest in equines and wishes to persue careers in this industry. 

Teresa Davies

Teresa has gained extensive knowledge in customer services both in the catering industry buy running a small cafe and the animal care industry. She has gained skills in small animal management such as cat care and as an equine groom along with skills in the management of horses. Training and development of horses is where her interests lie.

Caitlin Weir

Caitlin has recently joined RAECTI as part of the apprenticeship scheme. Caitlin is in her 1st year and keeps her pony, Jet, here at RAECTI and is looking to join in our events / lessons with. She also has an interest in equines and wishes to persue careers in this industry. 

Events Organiser / Bookkeeper

Robyn Pethick MAAT

Having grown up around horses as well as having 2 horses of her own Robyn is the driving force behind all of our events and clinics. She also looks after RAECTI finances. Not based on Thorney Island, she also enjoys producing and competing her horses ready for the show ring. She brings this knowledge of hers to all RAECTI events.


Jordan Pethick

Working full time elsewhere Jordan works at RAECTI over the weekends. She has a passion for all things equine and enjoys competing Prince who is one of our riding school ponies owned by Vicki (Jordan's Mum). They enjoy showing and dressage competitions. 



Without our herd of RAECTI equines we would not be able to opetate out riding school. Our heard of 12 equines are the key to our success. They are loved and cared for by our team. 


  • 16.0hh
  • Coloured
  • Cob

Rhumba is one of the longest serving member of the herd. Used for beginners to experienced riders and his favourite party trick is sitting up like a dog!


  • 15.1hh
  • Coloured
  • Cob

Murphy is mr chilled nothing phases him. Enjoys a bit of everything even the odd jump here and there. He is a client favourite as he's super friendly.



  • 15.2hh
  • Coloured
  • Cob

Tango is our big friendly pet. Now fully recovered from an injury he is a client favourite for all flat work lessons. Don't leave anything too near Tango, he will play with it!



  • 14.3hh
  • Coloured
  • Cob

Eric is another client favourite. With his unusual colouring he makes up the 4th and final RAECTI coloured cob. He enjoys his jumping sessions.



  • 17.2hh
  • Bay
  • ISH
The newest member of the RACETI herd purchased from Cornwall. His quirky attitude makes him so lovable. Best friends and field companion to Sam.




  • 16.2hh
  • Coloured
  • ISH

Stella is our newest addition to the RAECTI herd. She is mainly used for private / semi private lessons and more advanced riders. She loves to jump and will begin to get stuck into all of our clinics and events. 


  • 14.1hh
  • Chestnut
  • Welsh C
The main girl when it comes to the herd. The only mare surrounded by geldings. Chorus is the most popular of the ponies. With her enjoyment for all work.



  • 13.2hh
  • Grey
  • New Forest
Owned by Vicki, the yard manager, Prince is a regular on the riding school. Used for lead rein and non lead rein lessons. Also trained & competed by Vicki's daughter.


  • 11.2hh
  • Bay
  • Welsh A
With the cute factor on his side Harry is the children's favourite. Being super affectionate he is the first pick when learning to ride. We all wish he was bigger!



  • 12.0hh
  • Grey
  • Welsh A
Harry's best friend. They may as well share a stable as well as the field they are that close! She's the trotting totts queen and resident unicorn for pony parties.


  • 11.0hh
  • Dun
  • Shetland
Kenco is the smallest on the herd but has the biggest personality. He fits into all little spaces and makes regular visits into the staff room for a biscuit.



  • 13.1hh
  • Chestnut
  • New Forest 
Also owned by Jo and ridden regularly by Scarlet, Jasper is mr reliable. Always friendly and a gentlman on and off the lead rein many riders pick Jasper to ride.



Here at RACETI we run a range of events, shows and clinics. Alec Miles regularly visits our venue and we have HOYS judge Sarah Chapman's Southern TSR clinic here. In addition to organising our own, we also host Manhood Riding Club and Goodwood Pony Club events. We run 4 main shows in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. We also run a Winter dressage accumulator as well as a range of other outdoor events. Our events run from March - February each year.

Here are this year's dates:

  • Sunday 21sr April 2024 = RAECTI Open Spring Show
  • Sunday 19th May 2024 = RAECTI RIHS BMHS Qualifier & Open Show
  • Sunday TBC June 2024 = RAECTI One Day Event
  • Sunday TBC July 2024 = RAECTI Open Summer Show
  • Sunday TBC September 2024 = RAECTI Open Autumn Show
  • Sunday TBC October 2024 = RAECTI Winter Dressage Accumulator 
  • Sunday TBC November 2024 = RAECTI Winter Dressage Accumulator 
  • Sunday TBC December 2024 = RAECTI Open Winter Show
  • Sunday TBC January 2025 = RAECTI Winter Dressage Accumulator 
  • Sunday TBC February 2025 = RAECTI Winter Dressage Accumulator 
To find out any details of our events please email raectievents@gmail.com
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