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★★★★★

“excellent progress here”

Written on: 06/01/2019 by andibullard (1 review written)

My daughter has progressed so well at wellington. She loves going there and attends pony club there too. Loads of events on, great cafe, horses cared for extremely well, great instruction and a very friendly team. I think for the facilities available and the instruction given the prices are fair. She attended junior camp there this summer and her riding excelled. She rode her own pony and they had an issue with Mini running out at jumps - the instructor was very robust in tackling this issue… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Terse, unwelcoming camp environment”

Written on: 10/09/2018 by CWells605 (1 review written)

My daughter, a Pony Club D3 rider in the US was really looking forward to the Wellington camp, and we arranged for her to fly to the UK for this. She's 13, an avid rider, who virtually lives at her barn doing everything but drive. Her Wellington experience was unwelcoming and insincere greeting. Next to familiarization with the team or other campers. They used young girls for 'instruction' (not 'teachers'), terse dictatorial style, and then when they could have left an opening for… Read Full Review

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“Worse Riding school EVER”

Written on: 05/10/2015 by horseymom (1 review written)

My Daughter was taught riding in Canada at the age of 4. She has a natural talent and quickly excelled. We moved to the UK and I enrolled her at Wellington Riding. It is shocking to me how terrible the instruction was. She lost form, posture and the ability to focus. She was pushed to jump in a group class setting with no proper instruction on jumping and subsequently fell of the horse so many times that she is now fearful of riding. I had her reassessed by the same instructor that… Read Full Review

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“Very unwelcoming yard with rude staff”

Written on: 09/11/2014 by Sfenw (1 review written)

My daughters have been working at a yard which they loved but this unfortunately closed. We decided to give Wellington a try and enrolled on their stable mates scheme on a Saturday. Unfortunately their experience at Wellington was appalling apart from a couple of nice workers. They were treated with such rudeness and we're made to feel so unwelcome. It is no surprise that they have hardly any helpers on a Saturday if this is how they treat new members… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Great facilities, bad management, poor progress at...”

Written on: 06/09/2014

We chose Wellington 2 years ago for it's great facilities, space and care for it's animals. The horses are really well housed. Communication has always been poor, but that was always tolerable since instructors were pleasant and helpful. Unfortunately this summer there has been a great turnover in staff ; my daughter had 6 different instructors in 6 consecutive lessons. She's never been moved up a group unless at my own request and I started this practice as I noticed that was what other… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“DO not send your child here before visiting!!”

Written on: 12/07/2014

Just picked up our daughter from 1 weeks of camp - sadly and completely my omission, I did not first check the place in person. Had I done so, especially when a camp was in progress, would not have sent my daughter. Unsafe, unclean 'shacks' where the girls sleep. She lots so much weight due to the so called 'food' being (not) served. We arrived to see as parents (as we were advised at 2pm) no organisation, none of the instructors knew what was going on where and just generally incredibly badly… Read Full Review

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Written on: 16/07/2014

That's really strange.. I've been to wellington a few times on camp and have loved it every year, the log 'shacks' (aka cabins) are fine for their purpose, a bunch of horse mad kids running in and out with muddy feet for a week means that it's not going to stay squeaky clean. The food was fine - jacket potatoes or sandwiches for lunch, plenty of extra drinks and snacks available to buy so maybe your daughter didn't eat it rather than it not being sufficient. The horses and ponies are some of the best riding school horses in the country, regularly wining competitions. The instructors are all extremely well trained and produce some amazing riders. For some reason you've had a bad experience but I think if you are thinking of sending your child here they will enjoy it as the positives outweigh the negatives.

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★★★★☆

“GO THERE BEST TIME OF UR LIFE”

Written on: 27/08/2013

expensive but great!! best ponies are : 1. bold 2. bridgy 3. bella … Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Great Improvement Required”

Written on: 17/08/2013

My Daughter recently returned from a week's riding holiday at Wellington Riding school, she went with a group of Friends. The week was enjoyable for the children BUT there were many things that as a parent I feel should be improved upon. Firstly, communication between the holiday administrator and the parents, after being advised to arrive at 2pm for the show day, no staff in the office knew what the programme of events were or where the parents should go to watch, as it turned out we had… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The best place ever!:)”

Written on: 02/06/2013 by Rocky4everMay2013 (1 review written)

I went on a Junior Holiday to Wellington Riding in May 2013 and had the best time ever. The instructors are all friendly and encouraging. They will push your riding without making you feel insecure, and the cabin supervisors will really try to make sure you have a good time. There is a great range of horses and ponies to suit everyone and they are all fit and well looked after. The junior helpers on the yard are all really helpful and the working pupils all know the horses and ponies… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“BEST PLACE EVER”

Written on: 16/03/2013

No idea what the bad comments are for !!! I ride there and have the time of my life! Ponies are great and NOT overworked! ***** recommend it!!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great place”

Written on: 02/09/2012

I am somewhat surprised at many of these reviews , the manager Does a great job and has implemented many changes and improvements since his employ. It is impossible to keep everyone happy all of the time and there will always be people who want more or who are impossible to please. The horses are well looked after , most of the staff are helpful and friendly and supportive of running a tight ship. Pass comments onto the establishment constructivley. It's always hard to run a perfect business… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Do not go it is shambolic”

Written on: 21/12/2011

Took my daughter their for lessons, there were 4 lessons in 1 indoor school at the same time! Very dangerous. Badly organized the manager was never there and the ponies looked fed up and over worked, stood on a concrete yard tied up all day, kicking each other. Very sad for the ponies I have reported them to RSPCA. The teachers seemed bored and were not up to a very good standard. Much, much better places to ride around do not go… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I went on a wellington riding holiday in the summer...”

Written on: 16/10/2010

I went on a wellington riding holiday in the summer and it was great. I went alone but soon made lots of friends. A few of the little kids where a bit upset when there mums left but the staff where there to put a smile on there faces. There horese are extremely affectionate and love and good groom.
It was a great holiday and will be returning.
( the food could of been a little bit better though )
I would of liked to know before the purchase what horse i was having because when you get there and… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“i was rather surprised to read some of these bad...”

Written on: 09/10/2010

i was rather surprised to read some of these bad reviews. my two girls (aged7 and 9) went on a residential weeks holiday at Wellington and had an absolute ball. we were rather apprehensive, mainly because of their age but they were well looked after, their riding improved enormously and will certainly go again… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Agree that Wellington Riding in Hampshire is bordering...”

Written on: 30/08/2010

Agree that Wellington Riding in Hampshire is bordering on a shambles. Definitely a case of trading on the fact that there is no real competition in the area. Their facilities are good but that's pretty much the only positive. No continuity when it comes to feedback and patchy lesson quality. Kids' progress here can be incredibly slow. More established staff are also reluctant to engage with parents. The younger instructors - or temporary staff - are far better and their lessons to the… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Wellington Riding is dreadful these days. The ponies...”

Written on: 16/08/2010

Wellington Riding is dreadful these days. The ponies are overworked the lessons are not stretching and very expensive and the management are unprofessional with the staff bad tempered and over worked.

Thereare many nicer riding estab;ish,emts. Avoid!!

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★☆☆☆☆

“I have been to Wellington and found that is was not as...”

Written on: 28/07/2010

I have been to Wellington and found that is was not as good as these reviews say, the same ponies seem to be in lessons all day, no sign of any managment and no assesment of the lessons which from what i saw were not a very good standard. Would not recommend… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I ride at Wellington and I love it lots. I go to...”

Written on: 07/04/2010

I ride at Wellington and I love it lots. I go to riding holidays there and its great fun ! You really experince the riding.The Instrutors are very kind but try to push you lots. Horses are lovely and well looked after.It has lots of faclitys like a woods and cross contry courses.It has 7 riding schools and is great. Everyone is friendly and the cafe is lovely and serves hot and cold food.Overall its a really lovely place :D… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Wellington riding is a great school I have been riding...”

Written on: 06/07/2009

Wellington riding is a great school I have been riding there for two years now and I am falling in love with it. Even though it is a bit posh its great fun and all the ponies there are cute and sweet and they keep track of ponies you might be worried about. The assistants are really chatty and you get to no the instructors
I started riding there and know im ready to jump higher than i have ever done before but i still have those nervous times its a great place and there week childrens holidays… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I ride at Wellington Riding School, Hampshire, every...”

Written on: 24/02/2009

I ride at Wellington Riding School, Hampshire, every week and can thoroughly recommend it, my riding has improved a lot just by weekly group lessons and we do a very varied number of activities. There are horses for every size and ability. Excellent facilities; 3 X-country courses, 2 indoor arenas, lots of outdoors. Lovely well schooled ponies, although the bigger horses can be quite difficult, there is a cafe on sight which is useful. The lessons are very good, as well as excellent… Read Full Review

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