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Application for a licence to operate a riding establishment

Use this form to apply for a licence or provisional licence to operate a riding establishment under the Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970.

Please note: this form is only to be used when applying for a new licence. If you already have a riding establishment licence and want to renew it, please use the renewal form found on the
riding establishment licence page.

Please note: use of the word 'horse' on this form also refers to and includes any mare, gelding, pony, foal, colt, filly, stallion, ass, mule or jennet.

Please note: on completion of this form you will receive an email with a link to a second form for you to complete the payment of your vet fees.

Licence conditions

A licence may be granted to an individual over the age of eighteen years or a corporation. It is a condition of any riding establishment licence that is granted by the council that:

  • the running of the business shall at no time be left in the charge of anyone under 16 years of age.
  • no horse will be hired out for riding or used for providing riding lessons without supervision by a responsible person aged 16 years or over, unless (in the case of a horse hired out for riding) the holder of the licence is satisfied that the hirer of the horse is competent to ride without supervision.
  • This form consists of 5 pages and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Fields marked with a * are mandatory and require completion.


    Before you start

    Please ensure you have:

  • details of the horses to be used on this licence including their names, ages, the sex of each horse and horse passport number
  • details of your insurance including your insurance certificate number, insurance provider’s name and the expiry date of the current insurance policy
  • details of any relevant qualifications held by the manager of the riding school or relevant experience
  • a valid email address to receive confirmation of payment
  • your debit or credit card details, as after completing this form you will be taken to the payment portal.
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