We have a fantastic UK Chasers course available for hire for Over a distance of approximately 3 miles the course covers wonderful countryside using wide field margins, woodland, open meadows and hills. It provides for every level of rider and horse and is suitable for everything from an unbeatable schooling environment to fun filled days out for adults and kids. There is a daily fee and you may stay as long as you wish and even round off your visit with a relaxing hack around the farm perimeter as you wind your way back to the parking area.
We have fences to suit all standards of riders from those seeking to give an experienced horse a pre competition day out to those which are appealing and inviting for the total novice.
The course is open from late March to the end of October with some slight seasonal variation due to weather conditions. We have an early season schooling field available for hire from the beginning of March which contains cross country fences, show jumps and a dressage arena and is the perfect place to come and brush up your pre competition skills.
We welcome group visits and are happy to hire out the course and other equestrian facilities for clinics, club events and camps subject to availability; we can also provide light refreshments or more complex catering depending on the event. There is ample space on the course and the farm for large numbers to safely train and make use of the show jumping and dressage areas and we also have stabling and field turnout available for hire enabling you to stay overnight if needed. There are showers and toilets next to the stable yard in addition to a club lounge where tea and coffee facilities are available. Please contact us for more details of group hire.
UK Riders and Northern Chasers aims at giving the recreational rider enjoyable competitions and reduced cost access to cross country courses and other schooling facilities. Thornton Lodge farm holds cross country competitions and a series dressage and show jumping and Mini One Day Event competitions throughout the year, please go to our events page for full details.
THE CROSS COUNTRY COURSE IS NOW OPEN please ring Bill 07813696726 or 07968268835 to book in and check ground conditions before setting off.
The course is open from 9am to 6pm daily and there is a single fee of £25 per rider.
Safety is paramount at Thornton Lodge Farm before using the course you MUST sign in with a member of staff and ensure that you have read and understood the course rules and disclaimers. A hard hat to the minimum standard MUST be worn by all riders, children under the age of 16 must wear an approved properly fitted body protector and we recommend the use of these to adult riders. We also recommend that you carry a mobile phone with you and keep a note of our number to hand in order that we can help you if any problems occur. This course is inspected yearly by British Eventing Inspectors and certified to BE standards.