About Us

Poppyfield Equestrian was established in 1996 by Simon Kettleboro and his Daughter Jo Kettleboro. Jo had long been a keen rider and she together with her father wanted to provide less fortunate children with the opportunity to see life from on horseback, where so often the view of the world is so much greater.

Determined that this should not be a pastime available to only those with available funds, but to those with passion, drive and enthusiasm, Poppyfield Equestrian centre came into existence. Poppyfield prides itself on being family based and orientated with a happy atmosphere and team. Poppyfield is BHS (British Horse Society) Approved, which means that they are regularly inspected and has to perform to very high standards. It is also an Approved Pony Club Centre which regularly runs activity days and courses for the children, such as ‘Own a Pony’ Days, Examination Days and many fun activities throughout the year.

We cater for everyone from the small child to the Adult Learner, and provide first time ponies to Elementary level and show jumping horses for clients to ride. We also offer fantastic hacking/ treks in the beautiful countryside.

Poppyfield Equestrian has on offer BHS Badge Days, multiple levels of Horse Livery, Horse riding lessons, many levels of horse training and an onsite Poppyfield Shop.

By being an approved BHS riding school we pride ourselves on maintaining the highest possible standards. BHS regularly inspect Poppyfield Equestrian to check that we meet their requirements for safety, horse welfare and tuition, ensuring compliance and giving you peace of mind.

Poppyfield Equestrian undergo an additional, training specific inspection to ensure that the training provided for career students meets the standard we have been approved to deliver. Instructors at Poppyfield Equestrian responsible for training are qualified members of the BHS and must stay up-to-date with current standards by attending seminars and conferences.