Dovecote Stables is the UK base of dressage rider and well-renowned instructor Sam Twyman, offering a tailor-made livery service, freelance coaching and horse leasing


Click here to read more about our horse lease scheme, offering clients the opportunity to train with highly trained Spanish and Friesian horses.



Dressage rider Sam Twyman, along with his novelist partner Fiona Walker, established Dovecote Stables in 2007. Sam is a well-renowned coach whose unique, user-friendly teaching combines classical and bio-mechanical techniques to brings harmony between horse and rider. As well as teaching clients of their own horses, Sam has a small selection of schoolmasters available for lease at the yard, carefully sourced from Spain and Holland. Now located just 5mins from Stratford upon Avon, Dovecote Stables is in the heart of the beautifuil Warwickshire countryside, with a traditional yard, international-sized arena and super facilities. Here, Sam shares the expertise and experience he has gained over three decades working with horses to benefit clients old and new.


  • Livery & schooling
  • Schoolmasters available for lease
  • Coaching & private lessons
  • 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


 DIY  £35 per week
 Part  £90 per week


£200 per week
No longer available
Please call for prices

Individuals (own horse) - 1hr

Individual (schoolmaster - introductory offer) - 45 minutes                             

Schoolmaster lease per day*                                                                            

*(Initial riding assessment is mandatory and takes place on the lunge; all schoolmasters to be ridden under coaching supevision for an agreed trial period) 

Shared lessons (only available for riders of a similar standard on own horses) - 1hr

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

Schoolmaster leasing and lessons to be paid for in advance and are subject to the terms of the contract.


Cancellation policy (own horse):

  • 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.