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Gordano Valley Riding Centre

Moor LaneClapton in GordanoBristolBS20 7RF
Categories: Riding Schools, Stables and Equestrian Centres
 
 
8.5 / 10 (based on 6 ratings)
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Posted:
8:54 AM 17-05-2012
Disappointing
  1 / 10
I was definitely disappointed with this place. It is in need of serious refurbishment as the place is completely run down. It also lacks an indoor arena which is not good in bad weather.

In relations to the lessons, the classes are too big so you don't really learn much and seem to do the same things over and over again and don't learn anything new.
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Posted:
1:02 PM 04-05-2012
 
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2:01 PM 04-05-2012
I am in pain
  10 / 10
Gordano Valley Riding Centre is wonderful. It's very friendly and extremely well run and has lots of interesting-looking sweets behind the bar (which I can't eat because I'm diabetic), and the horses are very good and all quite lively and forward instead of being tired old nags who basically want a quiet life and fall over just about dead at the earliest opportunity (as at most riding stables I've been to in the past). My daughter insisted that I take up riding even though I am basically a clapped out middle-aged loser (that's what she said anyway) and past doing anything other than lying on the sofa watching Baywatch repeats, but now thanks to some expert teaching I am nearly the very best rider they have (or about the fiftieth best maybe) and probably in the top two male riders there (I only know of two actually, & one of them is me). (Sometimes I think that it's a bit surprising that I'm not in the top group doing big jumping, advanced dressage and preparation for the Olympics, but I am being patient and am waiting for my talents to be noticed.) Anyway, our teacher is simply fantastic (even though I'm not sure how good at riding she is herself, as she always seems to be falling off about ten times a day on her own horse - but she can certainly teach, and I should know because, trust me, I am a university professor and know what a really gifted, inspirational teacher is when I see one) and she says things like "trot-trot-trot-trot" in a very happy voice which always makes me laugh (and nearly fall off) BUT last week she made us do rising trot for hours and hours without stirrups (in spite of warnings that there would be consequences if this happened) and I can no longer walk. Fortunately I don't bear grudges. The point is, though, that GVRC is a very good business that deserves to be much better known (it's at the end of a long lane - but worth the trip) and to thrive as a really valuable and appreciated amenity in the area, and in spite of this sadistic streak about rising trot in our, otherwise absolutely brilliant, dedicated and lovely, teacher I would recommend it to anyone to go there and get an hour of real life away from the recession, the office, psychotic work colleagues, politicians, tax officials, media luvvies, Downton Abbey, Adele, academics, professors, administration, bureaucracy... etc etc.
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Posted:
10:59 AM 24-04-2010
Gordano Valley Riding Center
  10 / 10
I go here every week and i love it. At first sight the place may look very run down but you must look at how well the horses are looked after they are looked afer wonderfully by the amazing kind and friendly helpers that work there. The instructor is very nice and very patient and you can learn a lot from her i personally learnt how to canter in just 4 weeks by coming here. The facilities are wonderfully and there is also an inside club house and bar, that you can buy snacks, drinks, ice lollys, and lots of things from, for the parents to sit in on a cold rainy day but if it is warm and sunny there is picnik tables looking out onto the outdoor arena to sit on too. There is also an indoor arena for when it is snowy or very heavy rain. The lessons run in almost all conditions as there is an indoor arena which is very good. They also do pony days where the children can come along for a day and help muck out, ride, go on hacks etc. The lessons are split into differant abilities so anyone can join and have fun. As for the horses they are the nicest, sweetest, kindest most amazing horses i have ever met (especially Jester) they would never hurt a fly and they take care of the children amazingly. Overall i think this is the best riding school i have ever been to and i have been to 3 in the past (Kingsweston, Ladenbrooks, and Engine Common) and i really do think this is the best. The horses are amazing, the instructor is very nice and very good, the facilites are amazing and so are the people that work there i would STRONGLY reccomend this riding school for anyone of any age an ability!
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Posted:
7:56 PM 21-08-2008
GVRC
  10 / 10
Great place to ride,
Friendly people,
Friendly Horses,
Well worth a visit and they do some fantastic hacks.

Kids will enjoy this stables and there fun days are great.
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Posted:
12:16 AM 09-08-2008
 
Updated:
12:17 AM 09-08-2008
Gordano Valley Riding School
  10 / 10
When looking at a riding school the first thing you should be looking for should be the horses welfare and conditions they are kept in. G.V.R.S has some of the best and friendly horses I have ever met, the horses are so well looked after and obviously very loved. When you visit G.V.R.C you immediately fall in love with the place, the surroundings and you know you are among friends. The Instructors are understanding and no matter what your ability, they are patient and build you up with confidence. I love this riding school and I hope to go riding there as long as I can.
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