The UK base of dressage rider and well-renowned instructor Sam Twyman, Dovecote Stables is a top quality riding school and coaching centre.


Click here to read more about our schoolmaster lessons and lunge lessons on highly trained Spanish and Friesian horses.



Dressage rider Sam Twyman, along with his novelist partner Fiona Walker, established Dovecote Stables in 2007. Their schoolmaster teaching horses, carefully sourced from Spain and Holland, are unique in their kind temperaments and high training levels and have proved immensely popular with clients of all standards who want to learn dressage the classical way, in harmony with the horse. Located just 20mins from the M5, Dovecote Stables is in the heart of the beautifuil Worcestershire countryside, with a modern yard, international-sized arena and state-of-the-art facilities. Here, Sam shares the expertise and experience he has gained over three decades working with horses to benefit clients old and new.


  • Schoolmaster lessons
  • Coaching & private lessons
  • Livery & schooling
  • Horses sourced for clients in Spain and Holland
  • Flatwork & dressage specialists. 


With almost thirty years experience as a professional dressage rider and coach, Sam has trained and worked with some of the best international dressage, eventing and show-jumping riders and competed in every discipline, picking up invaluable experience and knowledge which he now uses in combination with RWYM techniques, rider biomechanics and his classical training to bring out the absolute best in riders and horses of all abilities.

Among the many well known names on his cv are: Eventers Karen Dixon, Rachel Bayliss, Christian Landolt (Sui) and Vaughan Jeffries (NZ); Canadian Olympic show-jumper Ian Millar, dressage trainers and judges, Peggoty Henriques and Nick Williams, as well as Bill Noble and Trish Gardner. Most recently Sam has produced horses alongside Danish trainer Flemming Lyngsoe and trained with Grand Prix rider Henriette Andersen in the UK.

He’s experienced at coaching riders and schooling horses of all levels, dealing with training issues, confidence crises and discipline problems. In addition, he has managed yards large and small, including riding schools and equestrian/agricultural colleges. 

Before setting up Dovecote Stables in 2007, Sam ran Overdale Equestrian Centre in the Cotswolds, UK base of trainer and 'Ride With Your Mind' author Mary Wanless. As well as teaching alongside Mary, Sam ran a successful independent livery service, competed at dressage to PSG and coached individual competition riders, beginners and back-to-the-saddle riders returning after a long break. He is particularly reputed for his:

  • Ability to motivate and engage riders’ enthusiasm
  • Great skill with nervous riders
  • Confidence-boosting tips and techniques
  • Gentle, effective approach with difficult/resistant horses
  • Keen eye for changes needed to the rider’s body ‘line-up’
  • Long-lasting, life-changing results for both horse and rider




£200 per week
No longer available
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Individuals (schoolmasters)

Individual (own horse)                        


Initial assessment lesson is individual and takes place on the lunge

Shared lessons only available for riders of a similar standard on own horse(s) or more advanced riders on our schoolmasters.

Book six lessons in advance and get a 10% discount.


Cancellation policy:

  • 10% of lesson fee will be charged if a cancellation is made less than 48 hours in advance.
  • 100% of lesson fee will be charged if a cancellation is made less than 24 hours in advance, or upon failure to show up for a booking.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions, lessons which are cancelled by mutual agreement are not subject to a cancellation fee.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.




£35 each