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#CityCountryLife Horse Riding at Richmond Park

#CityCountryLife is a series run by myself and my gorgeous friend Lizzie. Living in the heart of London, I write about life with kids in the capital city and Lizzie writes about all the wonderful things that country life has to offer. This week the lovely Lizzie is hosting the link on her blog Lizzie Somerset so do head over there to link up your posts. 


As a belated birthday gift from my sister, E fulfilled her lifelong ambition to ride a pony this half term. We took E and her cousin to Stag lodge in Richmond Park, they do half hour horse riding classes for children and kids can start from three years old onwards. 


E is completely and utterly obsessed with my little pony and Disney princesses, her pony was called Snow White so you can't really get much better than that when you're four.


The little ones came along with us two and walked along side the class, utterly fascinated by their big sister's latest adventure. My niece, Little Miss A, who will be three in June has already asked for classes for her birthday.


The class took place along a path within Richmond Park, and the girls learned the basics of horse riding done in a really fun way that really appealed to their four year old personalities. The instructors  were both really young themselves and full of enthusiasm, they were really engaging and the girls eagerly paid attention to their instructions.


Even if you're not in to Horse Riding, a trip to Richmond Park is a must if you're in the area. It's truly spectacular and you have to pinch yourself that you're still in London. The park is vast, there are wild deer roaming around freely and it just feels so calm and serene, even with four excitable children running free.


After the class, the children explored the stables and said hello to a friendly horse.


E had a brilliant time and I'm sure this is the start of many more trips to the stables in years to come. We often forget how many amazing things there are to do in London with kids and this is definitely up there, Thank you Auntie Ali!!

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  1. I love Richmond Park, I used to go regularly when I lived in Wimbledon! All three of our girls ride and would love this. I think we're overdue a London visit! x #CityCountryLife

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    1. Richmond park always amazes me, it's just so beautiful and the horse riding was such a treat for the girls! I'm sure you have loads of amazing places for your girls to ride where you are xx

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  2. This looks amazing Becca! I think Katie will love horses, she loves seeing them in the field near our house. What a great way to spend a half term day, thanks for sharing it with us #CityCountryLife xo

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    1. It was brilliant, I'm sure we'll be visiting lots more in future. Katie & Harry would love it xx

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  3. Ah, this is lovely! I used to love horse riding as a child, but I've not been in years. I wonder if I'd remember how to do it?! Richmond Park is beautiful too, what a lovely space to go riding in - my lessons were always in a fairly dingy riding school, with the occasional hack in the woods.

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    1. I'm sure you'd remember, it's probably like riding a bike, you never forget! Thanks for linking up with us xx

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  4. I used to ride until a bad fall when I was 11 and I lost my nerve. I'd love to take it up again though but know that ground is even harder now I am older LOL #CityCountryLife

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    1. Oh no, I can imagine that would put you off! Fortunately the kids were on very small and slow ponies otherwise I would have been super nervous too! xx

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  5. Thanks for linking up to #AnimalTales :)

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  6. Very cute! My daughters are doing riding lessons here in Pretoria - not quite as grand as Richmond Park but probably a little more affordable (£5 an lesson each....) ;)

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    1. Oh wow, that's a bargain and a lot less than you would pay to go horse riding around here. I bet it's beautiful where you are too! xx

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  7. I write about life with kids in the capital city and Lizzie writes about all the wonderful things that country life has to offer.horse training

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  8. Really lovely blog, I stumbled across it because I read your review about lapland UK. Indeed there are may exciting things to do for children in London. My daughters both love Richmond Park stables and the trainer pictured with your daughter is very good too. Keep up the great job. Looking forward to visiting Lapland after your review.

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