Riding establishments

Stables which hire out horses or ponies for riding or instruction must be licensed under the Riding Establishments Act 1964 -1970. 

The definition of a Riding Establishment is "the carrying on of a business of keeping horses for either riding or hire, or the purpose of instruction for the return of payment."

Licences are issued subject to conditions covering the welfare of the horses and the health and safety of riders.

Application fee

There is a charge for the annual licence, which is issued following a satisfactory inspection by an Environmental Health Officer accompanied by a veterinary officer.

The current licence application fee is £88.50 plus the vet's fee (variable depending on premises.

How do you apply?

Applicants must complete the Riding Establishments application form. This must be filled out and returned along with confirmation of insurance details, copies of any relevant qualifications e.g. Certificate of the British Horse Society or similar instructors' certificates and the licence application fee.

Once you have a Riding Establishment Licence, Environmental Services will contact you prior to expiry of the licence with renewal details. This will continue until such time as we are advised that the premises no longer wish to renew the licence.

Duration of licence

The licence is valid from January to December of each year. If the premises open mid-year, the full application fee will be required for the following year of January to December.