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
Mike Francis & Caroline Tuckett

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. 


Kimberley Denman

Kim completed her BHS Stage 3 Coach with us here at RAECTI. She now is pursuing a career in the teaching industry. Kim keeps her horse Blazer here at RAECTI, who she has owned since a foal, and has trained him herself. Kim looks to bring this knowledge into her instructing. 

Fiona Browning

Ellie has recently joined RAECTI as a evening groom. She keeps her 2 equines Lily and Sparky here at RAECTI and joins in all our events and clinics. She assists with getting our riding school ponies ready for their evening lessons.

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 events.

Ellie May Ward

Ellie has recently joined RAECTI as a morning groom. She has a love for horses and is looking to purchase her own equine very soon so she can join in our events on site here at RAECTI. 

Jordan Pethick

Working full time elsewhere Jordan works at RAECTI over the weekends. She enjoys competing her pony, Prince, who is one of our riding school ponies in dressage competitions on site and at external venues. 


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.

Grace Barham

Grace joined RAECTI as part of the apprenticeship scheme which she has now successfully completed and keeps her horses Poet and 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. 

Chloe Wort

Chloe is our Saturday groom who works on the yard assiting with all Saturday lessons. You will find her leading in the lead rein lessons or getting horses ready for their lessons. She loves everything equine. 



Without our herd of RAECTI equines we would not be able to opetate out riding school. Our heard of 10 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 RAECTI coloured cob. He enjoys his jumping sessions.



  • 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.


  • 13.3hh
  • Coloured
  • Cob

The newest addition to RAECTI Max has slotted into the family like he has always been here. Sharing a field with Harry and Roo, he is a cheeky chap who always wants to please.


  • 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.

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  • 16.2hh
  • Coloured
  • Part Bred

Stella is the biggest in our RAECTI herd and is in work to become another riding school equine. She enjoys her work and will most certinly become a riding school favourite



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 23rd June 2024 = RAECI Open Spring Show (same schedule postponed from April 2024)
  • Sunday TBC September 2024 = RAECTI Open Combined Training Event
  • 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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