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About Us


The links on the left will introduce you to the yard, the staff and most importantly, the horses.

In 1973, Ida wanted to get ponies and children together for their mutual benefit. That aim remains today. Over 20 years ago, by popular demand, a livery stables was established. Both businesses continue to express the same ethos with which it started.

"Well cared for horses are good for everyone!"

Ida has always cared about animal well being. As an ex-teacher and experienced rider, Ida used to make young horses, re-school problem ones, and exercise point-to-point horses and show jumpers. She was grateful for the help of Mrs. Myrna Brewer whose experience was in teaching children to ride. The two ladies brought all their skills together, obtained their BHSAI qualifications and developed the riding school from a piece of wooded waste land.

"Learning to follow the horse's movement before seeking to influence it, is a necessary but often neglected foundation for riding. The objective is unity, harmony, not the dominance of one creature by another."


Aldersbrook Riding School organises activities for children and for adults all year, as well as special activities for children with our lovely horses and ponies during the school holidays.

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Why ride at Aldersbrook Riding School?

• BHS Qualified Staff

• Small group lessons • Friendly and happy horses

• For fun

• To get fit

• Improve your posture

• Good local hacking

Our physiotherapist tells us that riding will exercise and strengthen all muscles,
and ligaments. It will also improve your posture. "An hour's horse riding is the same as a good jog or game of tennis, and can use 220 calories per hour " - BHS website

Aldersbrook Riding School's staff

Meet our team at Aldersbrook:

Ida is always available to discuss specific problems about riding or horses.

Julie is a wonderful riding teacher - particularly for nervous children and adults.

Chris helps organise the activities and supports Julie and Steve but she does not teach herself.
She is often to be found in the reception on a weekend.

Steve is a relatively new member of the team and is proving himself to be a valuable asset.
He teaches adults and children's groups and private and semi private lessons.

Tracy loves animals and has amazing strength!

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BHS Award

In 2007 Alderbrook Riding School received an award from the British Horse Society for operating as an approved riding school for 25 years or more. This award was actually received on Ida Thorne's (the Proprietress) 70th birthday, so it was a double celebration.

Aldersbrook Riding School Ltd has received their first Riding School licence in June 1974 and so have actually been an approved Riding School for 39 years. The led pony in the picture is of Alfie, who is now retired. Aldersbrook Riding School and Livery Stables has provided riding facilities for the local community for 40 years and the recent acquisition of an indoor riding arena, funded by the founder, Ida Thorne's, personal legacy, has kept staff, clients and ponies dry during this wet Summer. During the Summer many children have enjoyed pony mornings, holiday weeks and hacking on Wanstead Flats and The Forest, culminating in their annual Bank Holiday show. It is very much hoped that the Riding School will survive the ever increasing financial demands and be able to continue to provide the community with a local riding school.

Click here to see pictures of our much loved horses

Aldersbrook Livery Stable

For over 20 years, Aldersbrook Livery Stables has enabled people to enjoy horse ownership.
Because it is only a 5min walk to Wanstead Flats (the beginning of Epping Forest) owners are always able to go for a long or a quick ride even in winter.

Aldersbrook Riding School and Aldersbrook Livery Stables
Empress Avenue, London E12 5HW
Tel: 020 8530 4648
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