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Welcome to Seechem

Seechem Equestrian Centre is situated on the Worcestershire and Warwickshire border and set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, yet only a few minutes from junctions 2 and 3 of the M42. We are easily accessible from Birmingham, Solihull, Worcester and Alcester.

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Excellent facilities

Seechem Equestrian Centre boasts superb facilities. Set in 50 acres, the centre has both an indoor and outdoor arena, a show jumping field with banks and a dyke and  a cross country course over undulating terrain. We have a full set of “Jump for Joy” show jumps and a course of  ’Oliver Townend’ jump for joy cross country fences. All these facilities are available to our clients in the lessons or at weekend activities and training sessions.

An equestrian retreat

At Seechem we are proud of our high standards of instruction and training, superb facilities and personal attention. The centre has been owned by Mrs Joan Willetts for over 30 years. Her team of home breed show jumpers which are all competed by family members, are nationally renowned.

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BHS Riding and Road Safety Test/Examination

An exam date has been booked for 12th September – 10am onwards.

£ 80.00 with own horse

£100.00 with horse horse hired from Seechem Equestrian Centre

For details please call 0121 4452333 and speak to Jo


Exam Training (BHS 1,2,3 and PTT) at Seechem Equestrian Centre

Exam Training is available for BHS stages 1, 2, and 3 and PTT Exams.

Training can also be provided for Pony Club B Test and Lungeing Test.

Training will be provided by Peta Roberts. Peta is a very experienced horsewoman; she is a Fellow of the British Horse Society (BHS) which is the highest qualification awarded by the Society and also a BHS Chief Examiner, an NVQ assessor, and a Side Saddle Association instructor and judge.

If you are interested in booking a training session please call 0121 445 2333 and speak to a member of staff.


Seechem Summer Special – 1/2 price trial sessions

Do you want to go back to horse riding after a break? Are you looking to further develop your riding skills and confidence in the saddle ?

Here at Seechem Equestrian Centre we can offer a variety of lessons –   flatwork, show jumping or cross country. We have a number of experienced instructors and well trained and willing horses. Our facilities include indoor arena, outdoor menage,  show jumping course on grass,  as well as a course of small cross country fences.

During the months of June, July and August only we offer 1/2 price trial sessions at £15 (Trial sessions are normally £30). This session will include 1/2 hour private riding lesson followed by a consultation with your instructor where you will both work out a development plan to help you achieve your riding  goals.

Come and give it a try ! For further information and to book your 1/2 price trial session please call Jo at 0121 445 2333



A good day for India Payne and Kilshanny Gold

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India and Gold had a fantastic day at the PC show. In the team jumping the AWH team came 1st in the Open class and 4th in the Intermediate class.

Kilshanny Gold flew round the Open class and got a 2nd place as an Individual. India was also awarded best AWH Pony Club member of the day.

Well done to both horse and rider.


Bank Holiday Monday – Fun Day

On May the 26th a group of our regular riders came for a Fun Day at Seechem Equestrian Centre.

The day started well with a “Best turned out” competition where appearance of horse and rider are judged. After a short presentation of correct grooming techniques the competitors were given one hour to prepare their horses for judging. Regular rider Abbey Cox was paired with Maisy, a very pretty pony who had been very busy overnight in the mud!! Much scrubbing and washing later and Abbey had Maisy looking great. May Glynn spent a long time grooming Della and plaiting her beautiful long mane, she looked fantastic. And Anna Robinson groomed our grey mare Bliss until she gleamed, earning her a well deserved first place in this section.

After a short refreshment break we moved on to the next competition – The Le Trec obstacle course. The course consists of a series of obstacles all meant to simulate various scenarios a rider will be faced with when out hacking and tests rider control to the limit. Each obstacle was scored, with 5 being the maximum score per obstacle. Our riders attempted a simulated gate, which proved very tricky for all of them; steering their horses  through a narrow S bend of poles which was a bit easier; collecting and dropping a ball;  dismount and remounting on the right side ( which is actually the wrong side) proved a little trickier for all;  as did the rein back in an L shape ( particularly for the larger horses), Honor Penn and Shadow were the only pair to score a full five points for this section. A small cross pole jump was next on the course and every pair dealt with this very well. The final obstacle on the course was a halt over a pole for 5 seconds. There was also a Control of Paces phase (COP) as part of the Le Trec experience, where competitors are required to maintain a set pace between two obstacles and it was great to see so many able to complete this section so competently. The overall winner of the Le Trec phase was Elisabeth Nelson riding Tom.

The final competition of the day was “Mounted Games” where competitors teamed up into two teams of four, team Neigh and team ROS (Riders of Seechem). Games included trot races, canter down and walk back race, leading  and even some jumping races. A lot of fun and excitement was had and in the end team Neigh narrowly won with a score of 4 wins to ROS’ 3 wins.  Rosettes were awarded before everybody went home tired but very happy.

Well done to everybody who took part. Look out on the website or the noticeboard to find out what events are planned next.



A good start to the season for Amber Jackson Fennell and Mr Socks

On Sunday the 11th of May Amber and Mr Socks went to the Bromsgrove District Riding Club and came home with the following rosettes:

- 1st Novice Working Hunter Pony

- 3rd Intermediate Working Hunter Pony

- 1st Open Working Hunter and Reserve Champion Working Hunter

On Monday the 26th May Amber’s and Mr Socks’ winning streak continued at the Kings Heath Horse Show where the pair had a

- 1st  in the M&M (Mountain and Moorland)  workers and a

- 3rd  in the BSPS open working hunter pony.

On Thursday 29th of May Amber and Socks went to the AWH PC show jumping show at Allens Hill where Amber and her team mates scored a 1st for the Worcestershire Hunt Team in the 70cm class.

Congratulations to both Amber and Mr Socks


Peta Roberts F.B.H.S.







Peta is a very experienced horsewoman; she is a Fellow of the British Horse Society (BHS) which is the highest qualification     awarded by the Society and also a BHS Chief Examiner, an NVQ assessor, and a Side Saddle Association instructor and judge.

She passed the Show Jumping Specialist Fellowship Exam, and has competed show jumping from novice level to Grade A level, including qualifying horses for and being placed at the Horse of the Year Show. As well as having considerable experience at all levels of show jumping she has “Three Day Evented” to International level and competed at medium level dressage. She has produced and ridden top show horses, at the Royal International (RIHS) and at the Horse of the Year show (HOYS), winning at RIHS and being placed at HOYS.

Peta has been National Side Saddle Rider of the Year on four occasions and and has also trained many National Champions both junior and senior.

She has hunted, played low level polo, trained Point to Point and Endurance horses and has been successful showing leading rein ponies at top level.

Peta teaches all levels of pupils, from very novice to top level competition riders. At Seechem Equestrian Centre she teaches ‘astrid’ lessons of all standards. She can also teach side saddle lessons and she has side saddles available for use on peoples own horses and Seechem’s lovely school horse Bliss also carries a side saddle and is available for lessons.

Peta is based in Evesham, Worcestershire, but travels extensively in the UK. You can find more information on Peta on her website:


Pony Club

Our next Pony Club rally will be on Sunday 16th February
We will be doing work towards the bronze, silver and gold awards, and hope to see you all there!