Group riding and pony care options for children aged 5-16

Cheston Farm Equestrian Centre Pony Club
Children’s Horse and Pony Weekend Options

Enjoy all the fun of a day at the yard, riding and friendship without the hassle, risk and expense of owning a pony! CFEC Club options are available either  Saturday or Sunday and throughout school holidays from 1 to 6 hour options. Mostly our riders are regular weekly riders and we have bulk buy packages available for those who wish to commit to learning at best value.

Beginner young riders (age 5-10) may start with 30 minute starter lessons or join Mini Club. Mini’s earn their stickers and ‘I can Trot’ rosettes whilst older riders need to join suitable ages and abilities. We can hire hats and boots (free to members) until they are ready for their own and we have a small on-site shop for when you are ready for your own hats and boots!

All riding is taken by Cheston’s BHS qualified and experienced staff under the close supervision of Sophie (proprietor/manager, BHSII qualified and first aid trained). Activities are themed around key learning topics towards Club rosettes, badges and tests.  Join the Cheston Club Scheme for discounts, best value and special events such as Camp if you are serious about enjoying regular riding and pony care. We follow the BHS Pony Stars system of workbooks and stickers.

You can see a flavour of what we offer by following the links or pop an email across:

Pony Club FAQs PDFPrice List
We offer small groups & quality learning, delivered by adult qualified & experienced staff
  • CFEC Club activities are available on several different days and in school holidays including all day picnic rides, overnight Mini Camp, Senior Camp and weekly Jump Club.
  • Every Saturday and Sunday, we have different options: Mini ‘s are our youngest beginner / novice riders including lead rein riders; Juniors attend 10-1 pm and tend to be more experienced riders aged 8-11. Seniors is for very capable 10+ year old riders confident to canter and jump. Senior are welcome from 8am to 5pm depending on age. Most attend 9-4pm and assist with the Mini lesson working towards BHS Assistant qualification.
  • All sessions include riding lesson or hack as appropriate and pony care learning.
  • Weekday Jump Club and Lessons: Phone for latest options
  • SPECIAL DATES: contact us for special events such as in school holidays
What is Pony Club?

Cheston currently operates our own Centre Club after many years of being affiliated to Pony Club UK and being the biggest in the area.  At present, we are going it alone so all club member fees are invested straight back into our Club with discounts and VIP treatment, not lost to PC Head Office. Our Club activities are often open to all, but regular riders should consider Club Membership for priority bookings, discounts, special events, club rosettes, badges and tests etc.

Club participants and members can learn about horses as well as wider countryside matters and we often include a trip out to broaden learning. Topics include all horsey topics, learning about nature and wildlife, farms and respecting the outdoors!  We encourage and develop ‘soft’  and social skills in all participants

We have an ethic of ensuring all our regulars are achieving goals however small or large and developing life skills and confidence whilst having fun and enjoying their time with us!  Cheston’s Proprietor, Sophie Osborne, has a background in education and personal development and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

How to join our Club

If you would like to join Cheston’s Club, simply email us to find out more. You do not have to be a member to attend but it is easier to get booked in and essential if your child is a regular and wishes to enjoy the discounts, priority bookings, camps, special outings and rewards.

New to Cheston?

Older more experienced riders must be assessed in a riding school lesson first prior to joining our Club activities. Call to discuss what we offer, perhaps arrange to visit and see our fabulous facilities and whilst here check out the happy ordered atmosphere of learning and safety that we pride ourselves on.

For more information on our Club and Pony Days please call the office on 01364 388188 (you may have to leave a message) or use the information links on this page. You can also use visit our contact page for alternative methods for getting in touch:


Reasons to choose Cheston

We pride overselves on having probably the best facility in the area
We offer a full range of opportunities to suit you:
  • Cheston Club offers discounts and priority booking scheme
  • Club sessions in riding and pony care with badges to earn for your Cheston jumper
  • Weekend and holiday activities from Mini riders up to advanced jump days and picnic rides
  • Evening lessons and Jump Club available on weeknights riding indoors or in floodlit outdoor arena
  • All Club riders work towards earning ‘Moor’ level to join canter hacks on to Dartmoor from 1-4 hours
  • Beginner riders: learn safely in private starter lead rein or lunge lessons; children in lead rein group lessons
  • Our older children are taught in open order, no following the bum in front and waiting for your turn!
  • Teen Club for older advanced riders 14+ to learn more yard management and eventually earn!
Our goal is to deliver a quality & enjoyable experience
  • Our 50×30 indoor arena benefits from training mirrors and a dust free equestrian surface regularly watered and maintained
  • We use BHS qualified & experienced instructors and staff who train and compete regularly themselves
  • We maintain a friendly environment, and encourage you to learn how to groom, tack up and spend time with the horses