Vere Phillipps


Technically all horses have the ability to become a dressage performer but it takes special training to make it happen. Dressage competitions involve a series of tests which increase in difficulty. The horse and rider carry out predetermined movements before a panel of judges and an audience. Each round is scored from 1-10 with 1 being Very Bad and 10 meaning Excellent.

A successful horse will have the strength and grace of a horse in the wild, but the control of a horse that has been taught by a skilled trainer.

There are several advantages to dressage training. As well as having fun when they take part in competitions, it will teach your horse multiple levels of obedience. The horse learns new tricks and skills but above all they are taught how to cope under increased pressure.

Choosing to have the training done by experts is wise because a large part of the process is about establishing how far you can push a horse beyond its comfort zone. Furthermore with a professional trainer you have somebody whom you can discuss any concerns with and seek advice from.

If you want to find out more about dressage training at Vere Phillipps contact (0) 1509 880 678.


Earn whilst you learn!

We offer apprenticeships through Stubbing Court Training, to keen, horse orientated people, (from 16-24 years of age), who are interested in working at a top class yard whilst gaining qualifications and experience both on the yard and at competitions. This is a unique opportunity to work on a yard which embraces eventing, show jumping, hunting, sales prep for racehorses and selling.

All Year Training

We also offer training with your own horse, for all disciplines including dressage, flat work for jumping, show jumping and cross country, as well as pre hunting clinics.

Short Term Residential Courses

Short Term Residential Training courses available to riders with their own horses to improve dressage, jumping and horsemanship skills.

Currently this is only available May to September.

These are ideal for younger riders wanting to event and/or show jump. Students are able to come to shows with us and to compete alongside us with "eyes on the ground" to help them warm up and in the ring.

Courses covering:

  • producing your young horse
  • moving up a level
  • gaining confidence in the ring
  • stable management for the competition horse
  • seeing a stride
  • test riding - how not to throw away marks
  • preparation of your horse before a big competition

Success Story

Past Pupil Matt Prior, riding Political Trump, won the 3* at Blair Castle, and went on to jump round Badminton and Burghley. He then successfully applied for and was awarded the "Darley Flying Start" Scholarship.

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