Our Equine Centre :: Bishop Burton College

Our Equine Centre

Features and Facilities

Bishop Burton Equine Centre is a BHS Approved Riding School and Examination Centre. We’re also a BHS 'Where to Train' centre up to BHSI level and we are approved by the ABRS. The Centre is open to the public for riding lessons and we can also offer intensive tuition towards BHS exams.

Showjumping outside the Arena

The facilities at the Centre are outstanding and include:

  • Bishop Burton Arena: 35m x 65m seating for 500, bar, catering, toilets & showers
  • Indoor Arena 1: 20m x 60m with a purpose built gallery and cafe
  • Indoor Arena 2: 30m x 65m
  • Championship Outdoor Arena: 55m x 70m
  • International Outdoor Arena 50m x 90m
  • Cherry Park Outdoor Arena 20m x 40m
  • 110 stables
  • Practical demonstration room
  • Horsewalker
  • Equine treadmill
  • Solarium
  • Equine weighbridge
  • Interactive dressage simulator
  • Rider fitness unit
  • Tack rooms
  • Equine therapy laboratory
  • Cross country courses
  • Equine laundry facilities
  • Secure off road hacking track.

All of the above are available for hire by the hour or day. We regularly host shows and lecture demonstrations, as well as a variety of competitions. Please see our diary for upcoming events. Accommodation for riders and grooms, as well as horses, is available on site on many occasions.

Call Us: 01964 553087
E-mail Us: equine@bishopburton.ac.uk

Showjumping inside the Arena

Horses inside the Arena

Famous Visitors

Competitors at our annual FEI CPEDI 3* Para Dressage Competition have included Para Olympic Gold Medalists Lee Pearson MBE OBE, Sophie Christiansen OBE, Anne Dunham MBE and Sophie Wells MBE.

Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks are regular visitors with the team from Intelligent Horsemanship, the ever popular original horse-whisperer sharing his techniques with captivated audiences.

We're also proud to welcome ex-student Ben Atkinson back to the college regularly. Ben and the Atkinson Action Horses team work with us to offer demonstrations to the public as well as private events for our students.

Frequent participants at our numerous variety of competitions include Eventers Nicola Wilson, Oliver Townend and Gary Parsonage at our Horse Trials; members of the Whitaker family and the ever popular Geoff Billington competing at our British Showjumping affiliated competitions. Geoff also returns to deliver his humorous and educational lecture demonstrations.

We have welcomed British Horseball with their exciting and fast-moving sport, viewed as a mixture of equestrianism and rugby, since we hosted an under 16 International in 2010 alongside the FEI European Championships for Ponies. A regular tournament is held during the summer every year, which is becoming a firm fixture both nationally and internationally.

Our £3million Bishop Burton Arena was opened in October 2008 by HRH Princess Anne and is the College’s largest single building
Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate 180 degrees.

London 2012 Olympic Games

A legacy from our inclusion in the London 2012 Pre Games Training Camp Guide has been the continued growth of our annual FEI Para Dressage Competition. In 2015, for the first time we are ran a 3* competition, which was an Olympic qualifier for Rio 2016.

European Championships

Building on the success of the FEI Pony European Championships in 2010, we were very proud to host the 2014 FEI European Eventing Championships for Juniors. The College also hosted the European Championships for Ponies 2018.