Following Scottish Government advice, ARC is going to be open for private lessons only for riding school clients from Monday 1st June until we reach Stage 5 in our own internal Covid policy (available as a video on our public Facebook page) in line with government guidance.  Unfortunately at this time we are unable to take any riders who had not ridden at ARC prior to lock down.   If you would like to book a private lesson, please contact us either through this website or on 01224 733111 and please ensure you have read our Covid Information sheet. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes – we are a not for profit members club. However, we have a variety of memberships to suit everyone, starting at £5.00 for out Trial (one-off) Membership. Our lesson and livery prices are very good value for the qualifications of instructor and quality of facility you have access to and the membership helps to fund this.

Yes – as long as you are under our weight limit, over our age limit and do not have any medical condition due to which you have been advised not to ride.

Yes – our weight limit is 14½ stone. This limit is set for our horses benefit and welfare and you will be asked your height and weight when booking a lesson. We reserve the right to refuse riding to anyone who we believe to be over the weight limit. We also reserve the right to weigh any individual who attends for riding if we believe they are not the weight advised.

We have hard hats for hire as they are compulsory, but you can wear whatever clothes you are comfortable in as long as you have long trousers as this protects your legs from rubbing on the saddle. Warm clothes and gloves are advised in cold weather. Trainers are not permitted as they can be dangerous and slip through the stirrups. Shoes or boots with a small ¼ inch heel should be worn but there is no need to rush out and buy jodhpurs or riding boots until you are comfortable that you wish to continue riding.

No – you will be given a variety of horses to broaden your skills and your instructor will decide each lesson who you will be riding. Horses and ponies are also chosen taking height and rider size into account to ensure our horses are comfortable and our riders are on a suitable horse for their level.

No – many of our riders fit their lessons in around busy schedules. If you wish to remain with a regular group lesson, it is recommended to ride regularly to ensure that you retain your space, however, there are several lessons of each standard that you can book into to ensure they fit around your other commitments.

No – our insurance requirements prevent this. We also believe it is in our horses’ best interests to have a trained member of staff present at all times.

Yes – we offer livery for our members. Please see our livery page for more details.

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