“...High Beech Horse Riding School has a fun but professional atmosphere. The girls are very passionate about the horses and teaching riders. I've been riding here for about 10 years and enjoy every second ! The indoor school is great for learning a few 'tricks of the trade' and hacking in the forest is Amazing....“


“...My name is Diane. Almost 40 years ago I had my first proper riding lesson. When I arrived at High Beech Horse Riding School I was met by Alf Taylor (Husband and Father) of the present owners. Alf told me I would be riding Champ, handed me a head collar and we went to find him in one of the fields. I was shown how to groom and put the saddle and bridle on him – then began the riding lesson. I fell in love then with horses (and naughty ponies)

I still ride at High Beech at least once a week in winter and twice in the summer months when the evening rides begin - a great way to relax after the stresses of the working day. I have made many new friends, had lots of fun and have great memories of so many horses – Champ, Venture, Ivanhoe, Fur Elise and best of all Manhattan but not forgetting Diwali the best “naughty pony”...“


“...I have been a regular client of High Beech Horse Riding School since the early seventies and am more than pleased to commend them to anyone since the ability to ride is a skill that provides all who participate, at whatever level, with a life tool that I would regard as unique, particularly for younger people who go there to learn for the first time.

At a time when the nations health, particularly of the young, is of concern there are few better ways of enjoying exercise in the open air and appreciating the countryside, particularly when we are able, from this location, to enjoy what many consider the best, most accessible, riding country in Essex – Epping Forest...“


“...We have been riding at High Beech Riding School for a combined 58 years. In that time we have enjoyed excellent lessons and wonderful hacks in Epping Forest, including dawn rides and whole day rides. We have always found the staff welcoming and the horses well looked after and willing. Jillian learned to ride at High Beech, taught by the late Alf Taylor who founded the stable with his wife, Gloria. The following was published in the stables newsletter at the time (this was in the days before Facebook!) twenty six years ago exactly in March 1985.

I have a friend called Janet, She can be quite a pain, She’s told me I should learn to ride, Time and time again.

She said, “You really need to think, Now you are twenty-eight You must get on a horse quite soon Or it will be too late.”

She frowned and stated firmly, “You should delay no more Yes, riding is the sport for you, It’s what your backside’s for.”

So, feeling old and past it, I drove to High Beech School, I gingerly got on my mount, I thought I looked a fool.

Champ knew I was beginning, And took great care of me. He walked and turned and trotted And stopped at letter “C”.

By the end of that lesson I felt safe on a horse. Champ was the perfect teacher (Alf helped as well, of course)

I’ve had more lessons since then, I’m still feeling my way. I’m nearly getting better, I’ll be quite good some day.

I’m now a good deal older, In fact I’m twenty-nine. A wiser person who knows well That riding is just fine.

And now both Janet and I are in our 50’s, we are still having a good time at High Beech Stables and would recommend others to give it a try!

Jillian and Janet,