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We are one of the longest established riding schools in the Grimsby area. Established in 1948 by the Woodhead family in the grounds of Weelsby Old Hall.

We offer expert tuition to both beginner & advanced riders. We will help you improve your skills to whatever level you wish to achieve. We offer both full time and part time livery opportunities tailored to your needs.

We are a centre for The Pony Club & The Riding For The Disabled (R.D.A). We are approved & accredited by the British Horse Society (BHS), Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) and by The Pony Club as a Pony Club Riding Centre.

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Weelsby Park Riding School
Sat 16th July at 23:16

I do so love to share what happens here as i can assure you there is no chance to get bored .There is always news of someone somewhere who is doing good things..People who work here can get very tired as there is so much going on but they are like family to me and i am so pleased they are here looking after weelsby and myself.
The RDA are at Hartbury as i mentioned yesterday and Shirley has not yet rung she usually rings as they finish on Sunday that way she keeps us in suspense. They have posted a lovely photograph on our facebook which includes Sam Peck with her Jago such good news to see them both looking so well.
Ian has just landed back in England after going with an Irish Team to Aachen and with only three members going they pulled off a superbe result of getting third place in a very hotly contended Nations Cup Ian sounded very pleased indeed.
We are going to have an Open Day at Weelsby on Sunday 21st of August and hope to have good weather and lots of fun.The Canter Club are already busy making Hobby Horses for the Gymkhana Games and the girls are arranging Quadrills to do on the school horses.we are hoping for plenty of stalls and games and raffles and tombola. Please let us know if you would like to help for a good cause ."Indoor school lights and floor "
If Emma is reading this please get in touch again about your daughter spending part of a day with us. It is possible to arrange this but i need to give you times and date and have stupidly obliterated your number from my answer machine . What is the saying "can,t get the staff nowadays " i do find it very hard to be perfect ha1! h!a

Weelsby Park Riding School
Thu 14th July at 21:20

Everyone seems very busy and there a lot of activity here on the yard.There are three horses and one pony setting off tomorrow for Hartbury .A long tiring journey .The classes take place over saturday and Sunday so let us all hope for good weather.Weelsby will be behind all the competitors every step of the way and after their pampering today the horses all look wonderful .
I must take my hat off to Shirley kay.Starting with who rides who and in which class, to doing a second test for all the riders which is set to music makes the mind boggle as each test needs to be different and all the compulsery movements must be included.Sooner you than me Shirley.
Amy has been competing and has posted a beautiful photo on my face book i have not heard her results yet.
Holly had a very busy time last weekend and she did so many rounds over a few days its a wonder she can keep remembering the courses.
Ian is in Ireland putting his event riders through their Dressage training ready for Rio not long now, apparently he will not be able to visit us for five weeks I do hope all goes well
The good news is Holly has had an invitation to go to Rio.There are 39 young athletes and some coaches able to go for experience and Holly has a chance of a place .I am so pleased for her .
Now for some news which i hope will interest anyone wishing to take their BHS or ABRS tests or exams .It is essential you hold your official Road test Certificate and Tracy Rivett will run a course here at Weelsby . I will put the details out very soon and i would like anyone interested to get in touch.I will make it open to anyone who is interested not just our riders
Does anyone know when the swallows swifts or house martins fly away .I have no idea which breed they are but i have a family of six who insist on perching on my tel wire above the kitchen door cheeping away as the parents bomb in and out with food. Its a work of art getting in and out as they use the path below as a toilet cute really as they are all in a row fluffed up like little balls but very messy

Weelsby Park Riding School
Tue 5th July at 00:54

It was so sad this weekend as Chloe had to miss her big day .i was gutted for her as at her tender age she would have had difficulty understanding why ? The reason was Jade had to back out taking her and i couldn,t let her have my trailer as it was committed to taking Harvey and Albert to the St James Fayre.Fortunatly Chloe came down to the stables while her mummy rode her horse Mia and played fairy gardens with Clairs daughter Ruby and they had a lovely time but it was not quite what she had been expecting .Jill and Marie and Evie went off to St James school with Harvey and albert who incidently looked lovely as Claire plaited them both and made them really smart. They had a very busy time and made friends with loads of little boys and girls .I must thank my staff who went willingly on their day off to the fete to make sure the ponies were ok.I do keep saying this but i am blessed with lovely people who work for me here at weelsby Thank you Girls xx

Weelsby Park Riding School
Mon 27th June at 21:43

Just a little update i missed yesterday.
When i was praising the riders from weelsby in my last blog i missed out Jade who rode at the Lincolnshire Show and got into the rosettes in a class of 36 horses and under bsps .rules won best rider he! he ! we are getting onto a roll.Now its all guns blazing for LA LA and Chloe in their big show next Sunday bet Kate will be living on her nerves this week and then rhe RDA will be off to the Championships with Hugo Cody and George I really take my hat off to Shirley Kay who has succeded in getting riders to the Championships every year since she started entering RDA members at the Regionals and even better teaching winners Think back to the wonderful Quartz Edward Grant and the brilliant Samwise lets hope our three Boys will carry the flag for them this year and little Alexa on her own Rupert will go down with them as well. Please Shirley carry on as long as you can you are the hub of the RDA here.
Two of our georgous little ponies are going along to the Fayre at St James School on Sunday with Jill and Marie in charge.Please pray for fine weather as Harvey and Albert will not relish getting wet. I don,t usually allow my ponies out to do this but the school has very fond memories for me as my super brother Tonywent there and my late husband Allan was head choir boy there and sang in the choir until he left the school so i like to keep the ties going .

Weelsby Park Riding School
Sun 26th June at 19:59

This week has been full of things to do and places to go so it has been a busy time with . the lincolnshire show on Wednesday and thursday and i see Natalie won with her cob well done you work hard with your boys and deserve to do well .
Then the Forces do over the week end my ponies were very well behaved with all the low flying overhead and it all went off without any off them turning a hair .
Saturday Issy took Cherry pie out and she won a speed competition i think Cherries short holiday must have put wings on her feet. and today Issy had another win she really is in form and doing well.
Claire,s daughter Evie took Vicky,s beautiful pony Shamus showing today and came home with six rosettes which included two firsts what a happy young lady she was as she told me all about her day.
Holly is in Poland riding with three other girls representing great Britain in a Nations Cup Class They have finished in first place .Ros Canter was very well placed and i think this area was very well represented with two out of the four.riders in the team.
So when i look over events this weekend there has been great success in showing ,Jumping,And Eventing its a pity we had no one doing pure dressage but Amy was out at the beginning of the week successfully qualifing some young horses for Carl Hester,s clients so that makes up for it .
I am so proud and pleased with the children from WeelsbyTheir attitude is very good and i am also continually amazed at what my son and grand-daughters achieve i cannot believe how talented they are .We must be doing something right.
Tracy is having her ride tomorrow as usual i know Mel and pookie are away anyone else ??????

Weelsby Park Riding School
Thu 16th June at 19:58

Last week-end was a very memorable one for me.I went to Bramham horse trials to see Holly do the third phase of her event and she was in the lead after a super x country round .Unfortunatly Luke had show jumping faults which for him was very unusual and it dropped holly into eighth place still a super result but a huge disappointment for her after holding the first spot.I have never been so proud of my grand-daughter in the way she accepted defeat .She was so gracious in her praise of those who won and praise for her lovely luke who carried her so safetly round the x country course.
Then her boy friend Tom won the under 25 class and holly was so thrilled for him as it was the same class that she won there last year .Now she is busy getting facetime ready to go to Poland next week as she has been selected to go to with others to fly the flag .I really am a happy mum and grannie and the icing on the cake is that Amy is comming home at last to base herself at Weelsby so get ready for changes as i will then take a back seat at last.This will be in the autumn.
i will keep you all informed as to what will be happening !!!!!!!!!!!!

Weelsby Park Riding School
Tue 7th June at 16:15

The outing to the Heavy horse Centre last saturday was a huge success and some very happy children came home all smiles.
The lady who was in charge there was most impressed with the childrens answers to her questions proving they are listening and they were really good with the vaulting so well done all .Jill told me they were a pleasure to take out and the bus driver said it was one of the best trip he had taken as they were so well behaved. i think to have comments like that is lovely.
Issy went out this week-end and gualified her pony for a championship show in three seperate height classes .She is definatly sprouting wings the way she has taken to show jumping and she and the pony just keep on improving Proud daddy Kevin
is excellent as driver and groom Well done Issy
Now we have to get ready for the summer courses .we are having a very novice one this year Jills idea and i would like to hear from any parent who would like their child to have a go .Four days of pony paridise for the children and four days of peace for the parent.
The other weeks are filling up so get your names down for the week that will suit you
.More news to follow as Holly is at Bramham from tomorrow and it is her big test on luke She was in Ireland last week-end so ihope she is rested enough for the challenge

Weelsby Park Riding School
Thu 2nd June at 16:18

Just a reminder everyone that it is the Canter Club trip this Saturday - we are going to the Heavy Horse Centre near Spilsby - lots of interesting things planned. There are still a few places left if anyone is interested - £22.00 and you need to bring a pack up. Please call 01472 355562 for further details.

A note for the children already booked - if you havent already done so could parents/guardians please fill in our Health and Safety/Consent form before they set off - so be a good idea to come to Weelsby a little earlier than planned to give you time. Coach leaves at 8.30 and will be back around 3.30/4.00pm.

Thank you!

Weelsby Park Riding School
Facebook IconTue 31st May at 17:46

Great photo of the prize winners who did some fantastic dressage tests here on Sunday. We had some first timers who got over their nerves and did themselves proud together with some old timers (mentioning no names!) who also dazzled the judge! Many thanks to Di Brown and guest Judge Julia for their time and support. We will keep you posted about the next one.

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Weelsby Park Riding School
Mon 30th May at 14:06

We have heard from Glenys and she is having a lovely time on her holiday and sends her love to all that are holding the fort for her at home. We have some great news for her to come back to!!! One of our riders, Evie is hoping to spend the summer doing some competing on one of our livery ponies called Shamus ....... so she took him to Hill House for a bit of a play to see how they would cope together. To say it was a triumph in the end is an understatement !!!!
6th Bonny Pony
2nd Young Handler
1st Coloured
1st Pure Bred
and then onto overall Champion !!! Well done Evie we are looking forward to great things this summer what a fantastic start!!

Weelsby Park Riding School
Fri 27th May at 19:36

Glenys has gone away on a well deserved holiday and left us holding the fort ! We have organised the times for the dressage on Monday, but please forgive us if we have missed anybody from the list - Glenys normally deals with this and we have had to decipher her handwriting !!!

Class 1
10.00 Harley - Crystal
10.10 Ruby - Midy
10.20 Erin - Albert
10.30 Evie - Harvey

Prize giving Class 1

Class 2
11.00 Abbey - Iggy
11.10 Lilly - Magic
11.30 Harley - Crystal
11.40 Isobel - Indie

Prize giving Class 2

Class 3
12.00 Maddy - Cody
12.10 Georgia - Ellie
12.20 Ebony - Hugo
12.30 Fiona - Lizzie
12.40 Evie - Samus
12.50 Anya - Widget
1.00 Holly - Ellie
1.10 Pookie - Hugo
1.20 Ella - Trudi
1.30 Jessica - Lizzie

Prize giving Class 3

We look forward to seeing you all - we have everything crossed that the weather is kind to us, lets hope it is not a typical Bank Holiday!

Weelsby Park Riding School
Wed 25th May at 22:57

It is a shame that the weather is so awful just before the Whit week Holiday i do hope it gets better over the weekend.
We have some activities arranged during the week and it is not too late to book a place and pony for some of them .
i have quite a few names down for those wishing to have a pony to groom during Whit Week if any more of you are interested please see Claire.
The novice day is full and i am sure the children will enjoy themselves .It is a first time most of them will have had the chance to look after a pony and it can be daunting and very exciting.
There are a few places left for the clear round jumping on the thursday morning so take advantage and have a go.
The Dressage on monday is a chance for the parents to help and watch their children and take pride in their progress.Entries will be taken up to Saturday evening when the times will be put up. Class 4 will be going first as Tracy Woodhead has kindly agreed to judge this class and her time is limited .What an opportunity to have her judge and comment on your efforts it will be as good as a lesson as she can guide you on your future tests.If any of the adults would like to join in this class you are most welcome as it will help you as well.
We have no RDA next week so anyone wanting a private lesson or semi private please get in touch as we do have a few spaces where we can put you in
Saturday the 4th is the Trip to the Heavy Horse Centre one or two seats remain if you wish to join the happy band who are already booked.
Sunday the 5th my ladies on the 11.30 am ride have requested a hack and Claire has duly obliged and has promised them a ride across the fields starting at 11.00am .Three of them are on holiday so there are places which can be filled .This is an adult ride so any of you ladies who fancy a leisure ride in good company on lovely ponies get in touch you can even sort out a bottle between you so you can have a small toast together when you return. HAPPY DAYS.

Weelsby Park Riding School
Sat 14th May at 17:28

I have had some requests to let those interested in the grooming of a pony through the holidays resume again for the Whit week holiday.I have already put some names down so those of you who would like to pick a pony please let us know.Over Easter the ponies loved their pampering and i think the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well.
The Dressage on the bank holiday Monday 30th May is going ahead with the following classes
Class 1 Walk and trot for those who do not wish to canter .
Class 2 a simple test with two very short canters a lovely test to get you going.
Class 3 test no 10 for the children who have not been placed 1st 2nd 3rd or 4th in a dressage competition .
Class 4 test 10 open to all
Class 5 test 10 for the mature riders only
Come on girls and boys have a go .There will be a barbacue on the go but the drinks are in the machine or you may bring your own.


Monday Dressage
Tuesday Very novice pony day.10am to 2 pm a small pack up required.. Numbers will be very limited on this as the children are so novice but they will groom etc and have two riding sessions the cost for this will be £40 oo
Wednesday normal riding please see the instructresses if private lessons are required or if the weather is good they will put on a hack for you.
Thursday Morning Clear round jumping £7.00 a round followed by normal riding
Friday the same as wed. extra rides can be arranged as needed.
Saturday 4th June Canter Club Outing a few seats remain if you wish to join them.

A Special Day A Special Ride for the Ladies 11 am on sunday 5th June Claire will take you out on a hack round the fields.Those wishing to stay behind on the 11 30 am ride will still have their ride with Kate so do not think my club ride is not on Ring or see Claire if you want to book a horse

Weelsby Park Riding School
Mon 9th May at 19:09

Three beautiful horses and one lovely pony went out of the yard this morning they were all beautifully turned out and looked real class.The sun was shining as they set off in a convoy of three vehicles for the RDA regional dressage competition.
when they arrived home this afternoon all four of them had qualified all their riders for the championships.
What a result Hugo was the absolute star with a score in one test of 84%/ a huge well done to all the riders and a very big thank you to all the instructors for helping them.
We all thank Shirley Kay for her tireless work with the RDA and also her band of helpers The RDA in Cleethorpes and Grimsby would not exist without them.
Thank you also to all my staff who look after the ponies so well.
Thirty years ago as of this time of the year i was down the park with a backpack on filled with weedkiller and Gladys Nuttall and Sylvia west both now sadly departed approached me to ask if it was possible to set up a RDA at Weelsby. I said yes i thought so but i would have a word with my sister Jean to verify it.
I honestly think it was one of the best decision i have ever made as it has enabled so many adults and children to do something which is so rewarding and theraputic and brings them such joy.Sadly Jean passed away in the August so she missed the starting up of the group
Thank you Shirley and the gang for making such a success of it you may be certain Weelsby will always back you

Weelsby Park Riding School
Sun 8th May at 15:09

A sunny day and a trip out for some of the ponies.Widget with Anya, Megan withClaire and, Evie, Fly with Savannah and Cherry pie with Issy and all came home with rosettes and very big smiles on their faces .
Di Brown and Kevin Loadman were very keen to tell me what a pleasure it was for all the weelsby group as the ponies were so well behaved it was a pleasure to be out with them all. well done when is the next one ?????????????

Weelsby Park Riding School
Mon 2nd May at 21:19

Very pleased to see Ian today he had a busy clinic and Kevin very kindly did the indoor and outdoor schools when he had finished and made them look very good thank you Kevin.your help is so welcome and appreciated.
Tonight was Tracy,s ride and there were smiles all round when it ended and as Jo pook commented it was so nice to see Tracy all smiles because everyone worked so hard to get it right.Well done girls roll on for the next one we all missed you Mel hope you enjoyed your suprise outing
It was also lovely to hear from Amy about her very successful outing with her three bay boys as she calls them.gaining four firsts with them was a great achievement. We have Holly going out again soon oh dear its rather nail biting time with the two girls.
Cody Hugo and the new RDA horse George are very busy getting ready for their regionals and we have some very excited riders getting ready for the big day I do hope they all qualify .It wont be for the want of trying.
The bus is filling up for the Canter Club outing to the Heavy Horse Centre but please get in touch if you would like to join them ,we still have a few seats empty and it looks as if it is going to be very good .

Weelsby Park Riding School
Sun 1st May at 19:22

I have had two enquiries about Tracy,s ride Monday 2nd May and yes it is on but Mel cannot make it as the firm is sending her away for an award ??? She has to wear loose clothing !!!!!!!!!!! the mind boggles.I cannot wait to see what she gets up to.See you other ladies tomorrow.

Weelsby Park Riding School
Sun 24th April at 18:35

Poor Kelly rose with the sun this morning drove Hugo to Hill House and back again without unloading because the event was cancelled so Hugo had to have his exercise at home.
Holly is in Ireland and in a CCI 2 at Ballindenisk she is according to her Father over the moon with a 2nd place only point7% behind Oliver Townsend and finishing on her Dressage score. this is on Master Caster well done Holly she has show jumping to do tomorrow on Fearnhill Facetime which is stood 7th in its section of a CCI 2.Lets hope she manages a clear round
Issy has had a long day out show jumping and has done very well and won a few rosettes .We now have show jumpers show riders and ponies and event riders and dressage horseS all attending the shows and doing well .Now the RDA are gearing themselves up ready for the regionals its practice makes perfect so they are all go It makes it very interesting in the yard .
Grace leaves us at the end of this week and we will all miss her lovely smile and sunny nature .She has gained her NVQ 3 and has a very exciting and interesting new job to go to still, i am pleased to say, with horses.We all wish her much success .Thank you Grace for spending your childhood with us It is now time for you to spread your wings . Don,t forget to call in and see us sometimes.x

Weelsby Park Riding School
Fri 22nd April at 17:25

Two days of sunshine and everything in the garden is taking off especially the weeds and son Ian gives me a lecture on his brief flying visits on the need to keep myself and the staff busy pulling up all the offending clumps of grass and weeds which insist on sprouting up where they are not wanted. As if thats all we have to do !!!!!
Tracy Rivett is starting the BHS Progressive riding tests next friday 29thApril so if anyone would like to join those who have already signed up please give me a ring or come and see me if you would like more details.
As we have been telling clients the riding lessons unfortunatly will have to have a small price increase from May 1st.we have absorbed the wage increase and all the other price rises for the past three years but we cannot absorb two more in one year. The cost of a one hour group will go to £25.00 and half hours to £13.00 and a half hour private lesson will be £ 30 oo. The prices stated for the courses will remain the same and so will the activity days we are all sorry about the costs but we cannot continue as they are.
Holly is in Ireland competing .It is very difficult keeping tracks as to her exploits as she seems to live a very busy life at the moment.I have to try and follow her on the internet not easy for someone like me who couldn,t even type a few years ago but hey i can do a bit on this computer now .I occasionaly mess it up but i have a very good friend who bails me out.
There will not be a dressage competition on May Day Monday as Ian is having a clinic on that day so there will be no room for us.There will definatly be one on Whit Monday and the crafty ones are already booking their favourite pony..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where are we?

Weelsby Park Riding School
Weelsby Rd
DN32 8PL

Tel: (01472) 355562

Mail: info@weelsbyparkridingschool.co.uk

We are situated to the right of the popular Weelsby Woods Park on the A46 Weelsby Road which is easily accessible from A180, A16 & A46 which are the main routes into Grimsby. Our entrance is located 150 yards from the Weelsby Woods entrance on Weelsby Road.