Emily and Jack

Volunteers (age 14+) are welcome at Overdale, whatever their previous experience with horses. Our horses are generally quiet and well mannered, so ideal for those with little experience of working around the yard. Duties for volunteers include mucking out, poo picking in the fields, grooming, tack cleaning, feeding and sometimes exercising too.

We prefer our volunteers to be able to assist on a fairly regular basis, so they get used to the yard routine. Half or full days each week are ideal, although other arrangements may also work. You can also help as a volunteer before/after your lessons.

Call Karin to discuss further on 01993 832 520.

  Supervision Scheme


working pupil with horses

Overdale is an outstanding base for students, offering intensive training for working pupils from two weeks to one year, with nearby accommodation, daily coaching, and the opportunity to bring your own horse.

Many pupils come back again and again to enjoy the friendly Overdale expertise.

Intensive riding courses are also available. Why not make a holiday of it, stay in the village and see the local area as well.

Student Supervision Programme / Work Experience

We are currently taking bookings for 2016. As we are a small yard, it is only practical to take one student at a time. This ensures individual attention and our ability to tailor our training to your specific needs.

Your role would be to assist on the yard with jobs such as catching, feeding, mucking out, poo-picking, grooming, tacking up and general yard maintenance. In return we provide accommodation, meals, a lesson (ridden, theory, simulator or Feldenkrais) and/or a practice ride for each day you work. Students usually work 5 or 6 days per week and may have the option to do some hourly paid freelance work on top of this (dependant on work load and ability). Some students also bring their own horse, for which grazing/stabling is provided. Some use of cars is usually available for those without their own transport who hold a valid driving licence, otherwise we have a bicycle.

Usually the minimum period is 4 weeks, although occasionally a period of 2 weeks becomes available. I request a small training fee of £10 per week (to max £150) as a commitment to the agreement. For students on work experience from a college/university the fee is waived, but a deposit of the same amount is requested and then refunded on completion of your time with us. Where students attend from outside the EC, then they are responsible for ensuring they obtain an appropriate work visa/permit.

Call or email Karin NOW to discuss further

01993 832 520

ABRS Stable Management & Riding Tests

As a member of the Association of British Riding Schools, we are now able to offer you access to a formal test structure:

The Candiadate Notes PDF is available here.

The Equitation Syllabus PDF is available here.

The Stable Management Syllabus PDF is available here.

If you are interested, please let Karin know. Tests will need to be on set dates, as an external examiner is required (probably Lynda).


  Past Students


Our past students have come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience, with an equally wide range of motivations:


Morven came to improve her riding and teaching skills.

"As a keen rider and trainee instructor I wanted to be a working pupil at Overdale..."
  read more about Morven's experience


Ellie came to Overdale for some work experience with the aim of pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine after college.

"I originally heard about Overdale through my riding instructor..."
  read more about Ellie's experience

Anna & Bella on a fun ride


A professional groom and rider from Zimbabwe/South Africa, Ashleigh came to improve her riding and horse training knowledge.

Anna & Bella on a fun ride


Anna came on work experience from her university in the Netherlands where she is studying Marketing in the Equine Industry, to work on our marketing projects and her riding.

"During my work placement, I worked for five months for Karin at Overdale..."
  read more about Anna's experience


A livery yard manager, Nicki came to improve her riding and horse training knowledge.

Sophie & Ruby


A qualified dispensing chemist and horse owner, Sophie took a three month sabbatical from work to improve her horse-based knowledge and to school her own horse.

"Before I arrived at Overdale I had been on several ridden courses and a couple of basic teacher trainings..."
  read more about Sophie's experience


Recovering from multiple organ transplants, Kelly joined us to improve her health and work with her own horse's behaviour.


A recruitment specialist, Caroline took time out from her business to improve her riding and work with her ponies.

"My experience as a working pupil was fantastic. I enjoyed every second of it..."
  read more about Caroline's experience


Dan came on work experience from his UK college, to work on the yard.

We have also had students from the USA visiting here to improve their riding in their summer holidays.


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