Beginner, novice and experienced horse riders are being invited to take part in free taster sessions on offer from a riding stable that’s celebrating its 55th anniversary.

The birthday ‘presents’ are being given by Bunny Hill Riding Centre on the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire border near Costock to mark the family-run firm’s milestone.

The 10-15 minute free sessions on Saturday July 31st are open to would-be riders keen to get into the saddle, lapsed riders who’ve not been on a horse for years, as well as regular riders who might need help with a specific challenge. Riders with their own horses are also being encouraged to pop along for assessments and advice.

The consultations are being held as part of an open day and are the chance for riders to receive expert tips from the stable’s owners, Sam and Lou Humphrey, as well as the opportunity for non-riders who fancy finding out what it’s like to learn to ride.

Bunny Hill Riding Centre is staging a series of events during 2010 to celebrate its 55th anniversary. The equestrian centre was launched in 1955 by Sam Humphrey’s parents, Freda and the late Bob Humphrey, and has taught thousands of people to ride.

“We’re running the open day and free taster sessions to give people the chance to find out more about learning to ride, and to offer lapsed riders the chance to get back in the saddle,” said Sam Humphrey.

“It’s also an opportunity for regular riders to come along and ask us questions about specific problems or challenges they want to over come. Riders at all stages are continually learning.”

The sessions will run from 11am to 4pm, and are open to riders who want to bring their own horses, or those who’d like to try Bunny Hill Riding Centre’s horses. Children from four years old are eligible.

Visitors will have the chance to look around the facilities on offer at Bunny Hill Riding Centre, including the indoor school and the floodlit outdoor ménage.

To take part in a free ten-15 minute taster session, register by email or phone on or 01509 852366, stating name, address, telephone number and email address, and a slot will then be allocated. Terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information.