What Others Say


Reviews And Press About East Devon Riding Academy

We begun offering the opportunity for children to join us for the morning back in 2011. Our many years of experience in the industry helped us to define our Pony Mornings so we could offer children enjoyable, active and educational activities whilst providing parents with value for money and the peace of mind that we would strive to keep their children happy, engaged and most importantly, safe. Our reputation for hosting high quality Pony Mornings rapidly grew, we started with just two for the whole summer holidays and we now run two for every week of every school holiday and half term. Each year we welcome new children but we also have many returning customers, several who are local and some who just visit us once a year when they are on holiday. Some of the children who attend our pony mornings are regular riders and some have never ridden before- all are welcome as we split the group according to experience if necessary.
Firstly, we understand children. We teach 1000’s of them every year! Our teaching methods follow an active learning approach, which keeps children involved by learning through doing, rather than the traditional but less effective way of just telling them what to do. All of our sessions are delivered through age appropriate activities, which enable children to succeed and learn whilst they are having fun. We guide the Pony Morning where appropriate, however we also encourage the children to be part of the decision making and empower them to have the freedom to discover and explore.
Secondly, we understand horses. We spend 1000’s of hours with them every year! The welfare of our animals is a huge passion of ours and we work very hard to look after our horses to a very high standard. This ensures that their health and well being is optimised and they are happy in their jobs, as after all, a happy horse is a safer horse. Our teaching methods do not involve bullying or forceful communication, such as encouraging children to kick or whip animals to make them do what they want. Instead the children are taught humane, respectful handling and riding techniques which keeps them safer and protects the horses from physical and psychological harm. Children absolutely love our kind methods and the harmony and success that they bring.
Thirdly, we understand what parents want. As parents ourselves, we appreciate that safety is a top priority and we structure our activities to minimise the risks involved with being around animals. We offer close supervision, well planned activities and high quality instruction with well maintained, purpose built facilities. We know that you want your children to enjoy their time with us, so we try our best to make this happen and give them a positive experience with lasting, happy memories. Our high standards, ethical horsemanship, fantastic resources and excellent supervision also give superb value for money.

Horse & Hound Magazine

We have been featured in Horse and Hound Magazine in an article about teaching young children to ride. 

We have also been recommended by them as one of the best places in the UK for children under five to ride. Click here to read their list.

Fossils In My Pockets

We received a lovely review from blogger Amy Ralph. She wrote " I can honestly say it’s one of the loveliest mornings I have had in years... Click here to read her full blog.

Thank You Card

Thank You So Much For The Riding With Confidence Weekend...

Your stables were beautiful, what you do with your horses, the care, the training, is inspirational. We didn't want to go home! Thank you so much. Bee and Howie.

Trip Advisor

I highly recommend the childrens pony morning , my eight year old loved it , the children are shown how to look after the horses as well as riding and also play fun games, the staff are lovely and helpful, a great place, also it is close to Sidmouth so can drop the kids off and have a look round the shops knowing your kids are in very safe hands.


I booked my Grandaughter for the morning, she has never ridden before but it was something she wanted to do. Blaze had a wonderful morning... In fact she was so wrapped up in everything that was going on she didn't even know we had come to collect her. I would highly recommend the Academy to anyone... everywhere was clean and tidy, you were made to feel welcome and felt satisfied that you were leaving your child in safe hands.

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