Due to restrictions on the numbers of riders we can have in a lesson, booking is essential. Turning up on the day cannot guarantee a place in a lesson.
Call 01382 532536 Monday to Friday between 10 am and 5 pm to make a booking.
All new riders must register before their first lesson. click here to downlod the form to register.
Completed forms to be handed in to to the shop Conchie Saddlery at Rowanlea or a mamber of RRS staff before the first lesson.
COVID and new variants
COVID and some new variants are still around and we would still ask anyone coming to the Yard, Riding School or COnchie Saddlery Shop to be as careful as possible and not to attend if you have any of the symptoms of COVID or any of the new variants or have been in contact within the past 5 days with someone who has any symptoms of COVID or any new variant.
From 1st January 2023 new regulations came into force regarding the standard of riding hats which are worn at Aproved Riding Centres, including Rowanlea.
Only hats which comply with PAS 015 2011 or SNELL E2016 standards should be worn when at Rowanlea.
If you use one of our Riding School hats then you do not have to worry as they meet the new standards
RIding Hats to any other standard should NOT be used at Rowanlea. If in doubt get the hat checked at Conchie Saddlery shop or by a qualified RRS member of staff.
This is for YOUR safety
As part of a national campaign over the weekend of 16th and 17th Septembe to raise awareness of the dangers experienced by riders from motorists passing too close and too fast to riders when hacking out on roads, five liveries from Rowanlea took to the roads to raise awareness of these dangers. They were waved off by Provost Brian Boyd and Councillor Lloyd Melville with Lloyd walking the entire route with the riders to experience himself what is involved.
Joyce Thompson, shown opposite, organised the event and wears a head camera to record incidents which she encounters. Joyce said "We have to go on the road where we are based. Leaving two metres is important. People go past too fast or too close. They overtake too quickly. The other day there were two cars up the road. One did what was needed but the car behind was blowing its horn, oblivious to us. It's about awareness. People don't realise how fast they are going. We are sitting on a live animaal with its own mind"
Like the awareness campaign for motorists passing too close to cyclists, horses need a bit more space and a greater awareness by motorists of the dangers they pose by passing too close and too fast. Over the weekend leaflets were passed out to all those who came to Rowanlea for lessons and the adults accompanyoing them in an attempt to sprtread the word about the dangers of overtaking horses out on ther roads. Joyce hopes to repeat the awareness rideout again with a larger number of participants to reinforce the message to motorists to 'Pass Wide and Slow'
A big thanks to Provost Brian Boyd and Councillor Lloyd Melville for recognising the importance of the matter and adding their support to the campaign as well as to Joyce for organising and the riders and horses who participated. REMEMBER - Pass Slow and WIDE
Success for Ami Conchie
At the International Horse Trials at Burghley event from the 31st August to the 3rd September there were also a number of other competitions which took place in the grounds of Burghley House. One of these was the national final of the BSPS (British Show Pony Society) Gold Cup held on the 3rd September. The final was the high point of a number of qualifier events held throughout Britain.
The final comprised three phases, dressage, working hunter and show jumping so finalist had to be on top form.
Ami Conchie on Rita's Pet had qualified for Burghley at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre. The stunning backdrop of the course and the fine weather were added bonuses to the success achieved by Ami and Rita's Pet. They won the Gold Cup final as well as the highest placed Pony CLub rider getting a very flashy sash, certificate and £100 worth of training vouchers as well as winner's rosette. Many congratulations to Ami, Rita's Pet and of course her parents David and Keri who must feel very proud as well.
BHS Approval 2022 - 2023
The British Horse Society Riding School and Livery Yard approval has been once again been granted to Rowanlea. This year the BHS requirements for approval were a lot more demanding to improve riding schools and livery yards in general. Rowanlea was pleased to receive this new and upgraded approval for 2022. Rowanlea has been an approved BHS Centre and Riding School since the 1970's.