Southern Schoolmasters Stables


Southern School Masters

a Certified Equine 

Association (CEA) accredited 


Southern Schoolmasters Western

About Us

Located in the Wild West of Surrey, we are the South's premier Western horse riding centre, training all aspects of Western riding and Horsemanship.

Everyone at Southern Schoolmasters always aims to please with high standards and a professional service within a relaxed, fun, friendly atmosphere.

We provide regular, bespoke Horsemanship Clinics with 1st class instruction from the UK's best demonstrators.

Our Guest Instructors


Andrew Plant

Rookie Pro Reserve European Champion, with 11 years professional experience, Andrew provides excellent tuition and knowledge for his clients, especially problem solving and helping clients overcome their issues, giving them confidence to achieve their goals.

Andrew believes in kind methods of starting young stock and training older horses in both Western & English style and he will train you and your horse to suit your own individual requirements, in disciplines pleasure / ranch riding / reining or just leisure riding.

Andrew's holds a clinic one a month at Southern Schoolmasters.

Southern Schoolmasters David Lloyd

David Lloyd

David Lloyd is one of UK's leading Western Riders, Western Judge and Instructor.

Learn how the horse moves under weight transference, away from leg pressure and be supple through its head, neck, shoulder, rid cage and hip.


David will teach you the natural way to communicate with your horse in a calm and gentle way that your horse will understand.

What Our Customers Are Saying

I don’t often feel compelled to write reviews but my latest experiences at Southern Schoolmasters has made me want to shout about how great they are from the rooftops. Both me and my husband recently had lessons with Kirsty before going out for a trail ride in the stunning surrounding countryside.

I was quite nervous about returning to riding after a significant break but Kirsty and Tina instantly put me at ease. Kirsty is amazingly patient and explains things in a way that is easy to understand. The horses are truly beautiful and impeccably behaved. If you’re interested in giving western riding a go, this is where you need to visit. You won’t be disappointed.

- Emily


This is a brilliant experience. Western riding is totally different to the English way of riding and no so easy. Southern Schoolmasters gave us a superb day. They were so patient with us and the teaching was great. Kirsty was lovely and Tina is great. The horses are so well cared for and so happy and healthy. I would recommend it to anyone.

- Madeline

What an experience!!! My friend Wynne and I had the pleasure of  having a whole day of learning western riding on Brazil and Uno.

We were instructed by Kristy who was extremely patient and a really good laugh.

Brilliant yard, brilliant horses and brilliant instructors.

Can’t recommend highly enough. Hope to see you again soon :)

- Stacie After Noone


Fantastic, I have had horses and ponies for 20 odd yrs and for the last few yrs completely lost my confidence, but still having horses and just doing groundwork I needed to find someone I could trust, to get me back in the saddle. I can't wait to go back for my next lesson, thank you guys.

- Charlie Bray​


We had the best time on our "Western pub ride". Our fabulous steads were fun, beautiful and bomb proof! 
Such a fun relaxed stables you instantly felt at home, Chrisy was out of this world and so knowledgeable!!!

Thank you so so much, we will be back!!

- Sally Wright

I just want to say a big thank you :¬) 
I look forward to learning more and continuing the training with my horse.
Thanks again!

- Kelly Gilmore


Meet the Team

Southern Schoolmasters Tina Aston

Tina Aston

Tina trains with Andrew Plant, - one of the UK's top Professional Reiners, she has also trained with David Lloyd member of the Western Equestrian Society, Michael Langford and Christy Leach (American Quarter Horse Association). 

Since meeting David Lloyd, he helped Tina make the transition from "English" and Tina now rides both Western and Dressage style of riding. Tina is an accomplished horsewoman.

Tina created Southern Schoolmasters over 10 years ago and continues to grow the business, which includes concentrating on our clinics which have proven very popular. Our clinics offer a chance to both; learn and hangout with other Western riders during an all day session of confidence building for horse and rider.

Southern Schoolmasters Kirsty Hewitt

Kirsty Hewitt

Kirsty has been riding since the age of 10 and working with horses since she was 14.

Kirsty studied at Merrist Wood College and graduated after 3 years with a first and national diploma.


Kirsty started working for Southern Schoolmasters in October 2011 and since working at Southern Schoolmasters, she manages the running of the yard and care of horses.

Kirsty is a level 2 WES instructor and she continues to develop her skills training with one of the UK’s reining champion, Andrew Plant and UK's leading western judge David Lloyd.