Mill House Riding Centre is a riding school and livery yard set in 210 acres of beautiful north east countryside not far from Durham and Hartlepool.

We have a fantastic range of facilities with over 30 well schooled horses and ponies We have RDA and BHS trained and qualified staff, catering for all abilities in a friendly, safe environment.

We have also recently been awarded the Accessibility Mark from the RDA and our staff have received full training to now be able to offer riding lessons for disabled riders.

The riding centre’s horses and ponies have been carefully chosen to be safe, sensible and fun and include many different breeds ranging from Shetlands to Andalusian's. We've horses and ponies that are suitable for lessons with riders of all abilities.

Group riding lessons, private tuition and beginners' riding lessons are available, with clients benefiting from our brilliant facilities including the use of 2 indoor arenas one of which is Olympic size, a floodlit outdoor arena, a huge grass jumping paddock and full-size dressage arena on grass, plus beautiful, off-road hacking.

We have a picnic area, coffee shop and tack shop on site with facilities for on-site coach parking.

Children who learn to horse ride here have plenty of opportunities to get involved and learn more about ponies and our horses. “Pony Week” sessions are a popular school-holiday activity, and regular riders can become stable helpers.

Schools and youth groups can arrange riding lessons as an activity for children with us and we also run a pony club where you can loan a pony for 3 rides a week!

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Riding Lessons

At our riding centre near Durham and Hartlepool we offer a wide range of lessons for riders from the age of 3yrs and up. All our riding lessons take advantage of our brilliant facilities and cater to all abilities. Please visit our lessons page for a full list of prices and lessons available.

Tiny Tots Sessions

Our Tiny Tots Sessions are the perfect starter lessons for 3-6 year old's to ease your children into pony riding. Each session is only half hour long.

Group Lessons

Our Group lessons run through the week and cater to a maximum of 8 people. These lessons are designed to the specific ability of the riders.

Beginners Lessons

Our beginner riding lessons are designed for complete beginners. We offer separate riding lessons for both children and adults with the ponies being led until the rider is completely comfortable. 

Private Lessons

These private riding lessons are designed for beginners and advanced riders alike. If you are interested in jumping and lunge lessons please get in contact as these can be arranged.

Accessibility Mark from the RDA 

We have recently been awarded the accessibility mark from the RDA with our staff fully trained to provide riding lessons for disabled riders. You can find us on the RDA website’s group listings. Lesson prices are the same as listed lessons, if you are interested in booking a riding lesson using these facilities please call us today.

Pony Club Scheme 

Have you dreamed of owning your own pony and not had the chance? Come to Mill House Riding Centre near  Durham and meet our friendly ponies. We’ll match you up with your perfect partner who you will look after and really get to know. This includes 3 Pony Rides, preparing your pony before rides and caring for your pony after your rides.




Here at Mill House Riding Centre near Durham and Hartlepool we offer excellent livery facilities for your horses and ponies at good rates. We offer the highest care with all our livery services. We have a range of services tailored to different needs. Some of our services on offer are full livery, part livery, DIY livery and executive full livery.

For full details of each of our services and pricing please visit our livery page.



 Weekend Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to help us out in the yard and at our livery. This is a brilliant opportunity to help us out and look after the ponies while gaining some experience for when you have your own. If you are interested in volunteering at our riding centre near Durham and Hartlepool please give us a call.

Call Us on 07551889668



Pony Parties for Birthdays

Why not hold your child's birthday parties at Mill House Riding Centre near Durham and Hartlepool? All our pony parties cater from 6-16 children and include pony rides, food and hats to use free of charge.  It’s a great time full of fun and games with the use of our facilities and café.  There are plenty of opportunities for birthday pony party bookings so please give us a call to see our available dates.