Courses and activities at Shardeloes Farm

We have a variety of different courses, experience days, events and activities designed to give each person opportunities to try new things and grow in their ability and passion for horses, some of the activities are listed below but let us know if you have any new ideas, we are always to try new events. See our events calendar for dates and additional information, don’t forget to sign up at our notice board at reception when you next visit.

Adult Gymkhanas

The surest way to get an active team ‘to bond’ through fun and friendly games and challenges that are sure to have them talking about their experiences for weeks and weeks! Or create your own party experience around your timing.

Cross-Country Clinics

An ideal opportunity to develop young horses or grow your own skills in cross-country jumping. These clinics will held monthly subject to favourable ground and will be taught by our Senior Instructors over our newly refurbished cross-country course. £40 per person. Please book and pay in advance by email or phone 01494 433333.

Dressage Competitions

A choice of 4 classes, ideal for all levels and standards. £10 per class payable in advance. Please book at least 24 hours in advance by email or phone 01494 433333.

  • Class 1 – Intro, Choice of A or B
  • Class 2 – Prelilm, Choice of two tests
  • Class 3 – Novice, Choice of two tests
  • Class 4 (dependant on entries) - Elementary, Choice of two tests



Dartmoors activities are aimed at children between the ages of 6 – 12yrs who have ridden before and are off the lead rein, although are not very experienced and wish to go that little bit further.


Exmoors is a group for ages 10yrs and older who love ponies and want to learn how to competently handle a pony and can ride in walk, trot and canter as well as discover the different disciplines of the equestrian world.

Friday Frolics

Dressage competition on the first friday of every month

Showjumping competition on the third friday of every month

An ideal opportunity to come and train. We maintain a very relaxed atmosphere to encourage people to come and 'have a go'. Whether just starting or improving young horses we are here to help!

Hen Parties

What could be a more fun way for a group of people to get to know each other than an adult gymkhana! A great activity for guaranteed giggles! Call us to book a personalised experience unique to every party.


Own-a-Pony days are aimed at the younger, less experienced rider who would like to grow in stable management skills and confidence when dealing with ponies on the ground. This also includes a lesson or a hack. These are morning sessions with the emphasis on FUN!

Pony Club Sessions

Come and experience all the aspects of owning your own pony for the morning. You will learn lots of new skills associated with owning your own pony which may include mucking out your pony, turning out or catching in your pony, learning how to put the head collar on and safety rules when entering a field with other horses and ponies. How to open and close a gate safely and everything else associated with a morning on the yard

Shardeloes Socials

We just like to get to have an excuse to get together and share our horsey tales, do come and join us and bring friends and family, sometimes we run quizzes and competitions but usually our socials involve pleasant conversation accompanied by cheese & wine, soft drinks and snacks depending on the theme of the season! Let us know if you can come in advance by emailing or 01494 433333 or sign up at reception


 The Shetlands activities are aimed at children between the ages of 4 – 12yrs who are relatively new to riding. They will have a 20 minute lead-rein hack with a qualified instructor and 1 hour learning about ponies using a variety of activities. A perfect group for children that are very keen but have not had much riding experience.

Show Jumping Competitions

A choice of 2 classes ideal for beginners who want to try a competition for the first time and/or grow in confidence or for those training young horses. £10 per class payable in advance. Please book at least 24 hours in advance by email or phone 01494 433333 or sign up at reception.

  • Class 1 –Clear Round - Any height 2pm-5.15pm
  • Class 2 – up to 65cm - Not before 5.30pm
  • Class 3 – up to 80cm - Not before 6.15pm


Take Back the Reins

This is an initiative from Sport England and the British Equestrian Federation to encourage more adults to get back into riding horses, or to start to ride horses, and form social groups with like minded people, all enjoying the activity together on a weekly basis.

Shardeloes has been chosen to run these courses in Buckinghamshire. We hope that we can encourage more people to get out, away from the housework, television, computers etc. and take up an equestrian sport by learning to ride or taking up the reins again and enjoying a sport you had great pleasure from in the past.

"Take Back the Reins" is a series of riding lessons providing individual and group coaching that has been designed to support your first steps in order to get back into the saddle. The lessons will help you develop your skills so that you can enjoy the fresh air and the countryside and improve your fitness and progress within the sport, but most importantly making sure you have fun along the way.

Don't worry too much if you haven’t got all the kit, jodhpurs are optional. A comfortable pair of trousers will suffice. A hat will be loaned free of charge and if you do not possess a pair of short boots with a very small heel, an old pair of wellies will do.

You will start by having a practice session on our riding simulator for 10-20 minutes and then mount a real horse for a 30 minute lesson with plenty of time for questions and discussions with your instructor about what you hope to achieve.

To book call us on 01494 433333, the total cost is £275.

Weekend Helpers

Considering a career in horses? Really want to know what it’s like? Come and train with us for a day as a ‘working pupil’ - watch, learn and get involved on the yard under supervision. Ages 12+ only, £15 per day training fee applies.