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Markfield Equestrian Centre

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Leicestershire Riding SchoolMarkfield Equestrian Centre has been established since 1981, and is owned by Mr and Mrs Duffield. It has developed substantially to its present size of

  • a large indoor school (60 x 30m),
  • smaller indoor school (20 x 40m)
  • outdoor school (60 x 30m)
  • outdoor horse walker
  • and livery stabling for 40 horses and ponies.

We currently have around 38 well schooled HORSES and PONIES that we use in the riding school.

We offer lessons to all ages from 4 years upwards, and offer private, semi private and group lessons for all standards. Our group lessons are graded from level 1 (beginners) to level 4 (advanced). We also offer lessons for career, competition and business training.

We run a BSJA show season from October to March. (Please see show schedule for details)

During the summer holidays we run a wide range of activities for children, including pony care days, weeks and camping activities.

Markfield Equestrian Centre is a BHS approved Riding School, with weekly training sessions and jumping and games days.


Pam and John Duffield

Mr and Mrs. Duffield started Markfield Equestrian Centre in 1982. Mr Duffield oversees the whole business, while Mrs. Duffield runs the show office.

Yard manager

Paul Crane

Paul is currently the yard manager and has been working at MEC since October 1997. Paul began riding at the age of seven; he had regular riding lessons and began working with horses after leaving school in 1995. Paul works full time currently teaching; four late nights, private lessons and group lessons on Saturdays. Paul also looks after our summer school groups and summer activities. He is popular with teenage riders and is the longest serving instructor at Markfield Equestrian Centre.


Sharon Freer

Sharon has been working at MEC since January 2006. She has been riding since the age of four and competes in dressage and show jumping. Sharon currently teaches some private lessons and group lessons on a Wednesday.

Sally Oldham

Sally started working at MEC in spring 2012. Sally has horses of her own and successfully competes in dressage competitions around Leicestershire with them.

Samantha Wood

Sam started riding at the age of seven but it wasn’t until nine years of age until she started riding at Markfield. Sam volunteered here at MEC in 2005 and went on to cover late nights and became a full time member of yard staff. Sam teaches on Saturdays and is popular with young children due to her enthusiasm during lessons.

Simon Joel

Mr Simon Joel began working at MEC in spring 2011 having previously leant to ride here as a child. Simon works on the yard during the week and currently teaches private lessons on Friday evenings.

Yard Staff

Ruth Savory

Ruth has been part of Markfield Equestrian Centre since it began, as it was due to her own love of horses that her parents, Mr and Mrs Duffield, began the business. Ruth works on the yard, manages the liveries at M.E.C., and deals with veterinary and farrier appointments.

Chris Joel

Have you got a problem? Do you need help? Then just give Chris a shout! He is very skilful in fixing things and will be keen to help anyone. Chris is well organised but is mostly known for his ability to handle and drive tractors.

Tom Dean

Tom has been working at Markfield since autumn 2014 and has become a great help to the centre by looking after the both riding school and livery horses during the week.