Equine Arenas

Bishop Burton has six indoor and outdoor arenas, catering for a range of activities.

All surfaces are maintained to the highest standard to ensure perfect riding for students and commercial users.

  • Bishop Burton Arena: 35m x 65m
  • Indoor Arena 1: 20m x 60m
  • 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

Our main indoor arena, Bishop Burton Arena, Bishop Burton Arena is designed to hold competitions and events, as well as lectures and practical demonstrations. The arena also houses five classrooms, permanent seating for 500 with capacity to increase to over 1000, commentary boxes and PA system, therapy and demonstration rooms with viewing galleries and VIP hospitality areas.

The space is incredibly versatile and, aside from equine events, the arena has been used for everything from equine agricultural machinery shows to graduation ceremonies.

Our equine arenas are available to hire throughout the year starting from just £35 per hour, for up to four horses. Visit My Riding Life for available slots and to book.

Girl showjumping on a chesnut horse

Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre

The Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre provides a variety of treatment and rehabilitative services to promote and assist the recovery of client’s horses in a purpose-built facility located within the Bishop Burton Arena complex.

It incorporates the hydrotherapy spa, water treadmill, solarium, veterinary stocks and the rider fitness and performance unit. High-quality stables can be found adjacent to the Centre, providing temporary residence for horses receiving treatment.

The Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre offers an unrivalled service in equine care, therapy and rehabilitation.

A fully committed and experienced team of staff are always available to assist and advise.

We work closely with local experts Rainbow Equine Hospital in Malton, who offer advanced diagnostic and surgical modalities.

Horse on water treadmill

Hacking Track

Our hacking track meanders for six kilometres across the College's estate and farmland and offers riders the chance to exercise their horses safely while taking in some of the East Riding's most stunning scenery.

The hacking track is available for groups and individuals to hire, weather depending.

Horse on hacking track

Rider Performance and Fitness Unit

Many riders experience weaknesses within their bodies that manifest themselves in their riding ability.

This may have a negative effect on the horse’s way of going. Such riders often require specialist sports science advice in order to maximise their performance and provide them with the competitive edge.

Our rider fitness and performance unit aims to address the needs of riders in exactly the same methodical way as that of any other athlete. The rider is no different from any other athlete where strength, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning are vital for sporting success.

This specialist unit allows students and external clients to be analysed without the influence and variables of the horse, in order to develop skills that can be transferred when on the horse.

  • Specialist facilities include:
  • Interactive dressage simulators
  • Specialist sports fitness, strength and flexibility equipment
  • Biomechanical analysis software
  • Core stability testing and development equipment.
Girl using exercise ball in rider fitness and performance unit

Riding Lessons

As a BHS Approved Riding School and Exam Centre, we are delighted to be able to offer riding lessons to the general public.

We aim to provide the highest quality tuition in a safe and enjoyable environment.

All new clients will need to book a 30-minute assessment lesson (£35) before joining any groups. We also need you to allow 15 minutes prior to your lesson time to go through a client detail form, when we can discuss your requirements in more depth.


  • Group Lesson for adults: 1 hour = £30 (No more than eight in a group or less than three riders)
  • Private Lesson one-to-one 30 mins = £35
  • Private Lesson one-to-one 45 mins = £50

Our current weight limit is 13 stone.

Student having a riding lesson on a skewbald horse


We currently have 110 stables across our three yards offering a variety of stabling solutions from the traditional stone built loose boxes on Main Yard to Beverley Yard’s wooden stables and York Yard’s American Barn system. These include tack rooms.

Students are able to bring their own horse to College on a DIY basis. This is subject to availability, so book early as demand is great. Find out more about livery.

Student grooming horse in a stable

Other Facilities

We have a range of other Equine facilities too, including:

  • Cross country course
  • Equine laundry facilities
  • Equine therapy laboratory
  • Equine weighbridge
  • Horsewalker
  • Practical demonstration room with gallery seating
  • Showers and tack rooms
Grey horse jumping a cross country fence

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