Pembrokeshire Riding Centre was formed in 1985 and gained approval of both the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools the following year.
Sue had joined Eric at Pennybridge Farm, a family farm that has been in Eric’s family for over 100 years. The farm had been used for raising cattle, growing potatoes and cereals but following the arrival of Sue, the farm diversified into a stud and equestrian centre.
The first horse to arrive at the farm, Delta, was an orphan foal that Sue had raised from 8 weeks old. Delta remained at the centre of the riding school for 12 years before being retired due to poor health.
Construction of an indoor arena with an American barn style stable block in 1988 heralded the formation of an active training centre for students who wished to follow an equestrian career path. With this large arena it was possible to offer continuity of riding regardless of the weather. Local children and adults joined our riding community and to this day many still ride with us and indeed their children have now started to enjoy the “P R C” riding experience.
To this day nearly all of the ponies and horses at the centre have either been born here or have arrived very early on in their lives. We feel we can provide a better quality of mount for our clients having been a big influence on the horse’s upbringing. Not only are our horses trained with us, we try to ensure our instructors are also educated the “P R C” way.
We are an outreach centre for Gwent College of Higher Education for the Equine Care and Stable Management course.
Career courses are offered for all BHS exams on the Pathway scheme up to level 4 and all ABRS exams up to ITT training for ICC (coaching) levels one and two.