An established horse riding school in Norwich

Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation is a classical riding school based in Norwich, offering private and semi-private riding lessons on classically trained Lusitano horses. We breed Lusitano horses indigenous to Portugal. We also offer full livery services.
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Home of the Equine String Festival and Lusitano horses in the UK

Established in 1988, Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation is the home of the Equine String Festival and Lusitano horse breeding. The ethos of the school dates back to the 17 century with Pluvinal's 'Training of the King', and the teaching of many great masters in the intervening period. Classical equitation has its roots in training horses for battle. Because of the history of classical equitation, working equitation was the natural progression of the school. Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation has been at the heart of many international competitions in Europe over the years. 

Watch Holly Barber and Sasa at the World Working Equitation Championships in Austria 2014 - Speed Round.
Watch Holly Barber riding Rafa at the Working Equitation European Championships 2009. Holly was lying 5th in this phase of the competition.
Watch an interesting working equitation speed round filmed by Tim Platt
Watch Alex and Ehpico's style round 
Watch Holly's fastest cattle round Italy 2013
Watch Alex and Saracen Cattle penning Italy 2013
Watch Holly and Exparta speed round April 2016 Easton College 
Watch Ch ch ch changes, featuring Natasha Read and Holly Barber with Quance and Xerife 

Classical lessons for advanced and novice riders

The main criteria of training at our school includes:
  • The quest of lightness
  • No involuntary movement
  • Any direction easily
  • The art of doing nothing
    • Crookedness is the enemy of equitation
Our horses are trained to a minimum level of flying changes and lateral work. Some are trained in the high school movements such as Piaffe and Passage. This gives the advanced and novice riders a feel for riding well-schooled horses with great movement and functionality.
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Lusitano horses for sale and full livery service

We mainly have Lusitano horses in the riding school because of their amicable temperament which is ideal for training. We breed Lusitano horses and offer them for sale. We also offer a full livery service. We can school customers' horses whether trained or not. We take immense pride in the knowledge that many of our students and pupils have gone on to be well-respected professional riders and trainers. Some of the highly recommended accommodation for your training holidays in Norwich includes the Holiday Inn and Dunston Hall.
Working equitation


  • Alex Downing and Ehpico d’Atela winner at Royal Windsor
  • Alex Downing Pure Bred Lusitano Supreme Champion Suffolk Show
  • Holly Barber Part Bred Lusitano Supreme Champion Suffolk Show 
  • Holly Barber and Julianne Fernandez and Bombastico placed Royal Windsor
  • Holly Barber and Bacardi Winner of advanced Working Equitation Nationals at Easton College
  • Holly Barber and Exparta d’Atela winner of Intermediate Working Equitation Nationals at Easton College
  • Natasha Read, Alex Downing and Holly Barber, Flora Platt, Tamsin Devonport Winners of Regional Working Equitation competitions
  • Holly Barber and Bacardi unbeaten first places in dressage

A BHS approved and highly commended riding school in Norwich

Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation, though based in Norwich, is an international school. We have people from all over Europe taking lessons at our well-established, family-run horse riding school. We offer weekday and weekend lessons; tailor-made courses mainly for adult riders of any ability on your horses or ours.
Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation, a classical riding school in Norwich offers horse riding lessons and working equitation training at all levels for advanced and novice riders. We specialise in Lusitano horse breeding.
Call us now on 07765 000 869
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