English Plus Horse Riding

Combine your love of horses with your enthusiasm to learn a new language! 

Our English Plus Horse Riding camp is perfect for students who have a love of horses and would like to improve their stable knowledge and riding ability alongside developing their English language skills with other riders.

This 2-week course is suitable for all both beginner and more advanced riders, however we would recommend students to have some experience of being around horses.

At the beginning of the course, all students’ riding will be assessed and from there our qualified instructors will go on to teach the equestrian disciplines of show jumping and dressage. During the course, students will also learn an introduction to stable management and how to safely handle the horse, including securely tying up, leading, grooming, tacking up and feeding.

When our Horse Riding students are not at the stables, you will be at Camp Finborough for your fun and interactive English lessons or enjoying one of 3 excursions to London or a local town or attraction.

At the end of the 2-weeks, our riders will have the opportunity to show off new skills with a ‘Dressage and Show Jumping competition and rosettes will be awards. Students should have a much better understanding of equestrian care and stable management and will have improved their riding ability.

What is included?

Here is a list of the main elements included in the camp, please use our table below for more detail:

  • Return airport transfers (from/to London Heathrow International)
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (specific dietary requirements can be catered for)
  • English language classes (inc. course materials)
  • Full activity programme
  • Excursions
  • 24-hour care and supervision
  • Endsleigh travel insurance

Improve your riding and stable management skills

This 2 – week long course includes 20 hours at the stables; there will be 4 sessions each week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in either the morning or afternoon (Wednesdays will be reserved for an excursion). The students will have half a session of riding and half a session of stable management. 

Our riding instructors are British Horse Society and Pony Club qualified and will begin by assessing all students, including basic riding positions in walk, trot and canter. 

During the course, students will also learn stable management and how to safely handle the horse, including securely tying up, leading, grooming, tacking up and feeding. 

Course Highlights

 At the end of the two weeks riders will be awarded progressive riding tests level 1-4, certificates and rosettes.

horse riding
4th July - 18th July £2,115
18th July - 1st August
1st August - 15th August

Included in the Price (For more information click on the icon below)


Return transfers from and to London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) on arrival and departure dates are included. Please ensure your arrival flight arrives at LHR between 10:00 – 15:00 and your departure flight leaves LHR between 12:00 – 17:00. Unfortunately, flights outside of these times or to/from a different airport will ensure an additional cost – please check with our bookings team first.


Our summer accommodation is located in the main school building, which has recently been refurbished and contains dorm rooms that can sleep 4 to 6. We always have separate quarters for boys and girls and try where possible to put children of a similar age in a room together. If we you have any special requirements or would like to request to share with a friend, we will try to accommodate you, just let us know in advance.


At Camp Finborough there is a large dining hall, serving three nutritional meals a day by friendly kitchen staff. There is always plenty of choice with a selection of international cuisines available and options for both hot and cold buffet food. Our Camp Leaders eat their meals at the same time as campers to make sure everyone has had enough food and eating healthily. Dietary requirements can be met when we are aware in advance.

Course Information

This 2-week long course includes 20 hours at the stables; there will be 4 sessions each week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in either the morning or afternoon. (Wednesday will be reserved for an excursion). Our riding instructors are British Horse Society and Pony Club qualified and they will begin by assessing all students, including basic riding positions in walk, trot and canter. More advanced riders will be able to improve and learn lateral movements on the horse, whilst beginner riders will learn to reach a comfortable riding standard.

The course will progress, with our riding students learning the basics of both dressage and show jumping disciplines with riding games and spending time learning stable management. The 2-weeks will end with the grand ‘Dressage and Show Jumping Competition’ where riders can showcase their new skills and will be awarded rosettes.

 All riding equipment will be provided, although riders are welcome to bring their own specific protective riding clothing such as jodhpurs and boots.


A1 – B1 on CEFR Pathway Table

To benefit the most from our English course at Finborough, we recommend that children have at least one year of English experience before coming to camp. We offer a range of levels suitable for age and ability of 10 to 14 year olds ranging from Preliminary (A1) to Intermediate (B1). (link to CEFR page). English lessons at Xplore are totally different to school; firstly our class sizes are small, with a maximum of 12 children per class this allows focused integration with other learners and the teacher. We also make sure to utilise a range of teaching approaches suitable for a range of learners, this makes the classes really interactive and encourages learners to have fun whilst learning which can enhance development. At the end of the 2-week course, learners will complete an examination for the level they have been learning at. We will then receive a certificate from Anglia Examinations, which confirms your English level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference. Classroom learning time per week is 20 hours and our class sizes are same with approximately 16 students per teacher. For students achieving a pass grade or higher for B1, they will receive an Ofqual approved certificate through Anglia Examinations partnership with AIM Awards.


During the 2-week programme, our staff will take all our campers on 3 organised day trip excursions.

These fully supervised trips are the perfect way to spend the day off-campus with new friends – from day trips to big cities such London, Cambridge or Norwich to having a wild time on all the rides at the local theme park; Pleasurewood Hills. (3 excursions during 2-week programme – Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday)

Care and Supervision

Camp Finborough is surrounded by English countryside so our pre-teen campers will feel right at home with everything they need on-site. Xplore Camp Leaders are responsible for the pastoral care of all the children in our care and ensure that each child is sleeping well, eating well, joining in, making friends and having a great time. During free time, children are able to play and explore the campus with friends, whilst being supervised by their house parents.


International Camp

Our camps are available to children from all over the world. Integration and immersion is central to how we operate as an organisation, and by encouraging lots of social interaction between different cultures and creating a diverse international community at camp, it can really develop every child’s self-confidence in communicating with others.


Travel Insurance

Xplore has partnered with Endsleigh Insurance to provide invaluable cover specifically designed for Xplore students. You will receive a summary of insurance cover after booking, however key benefits include:

  • Cover for over 90 sports and activities are included as standard (full details are available within policy documentation).
  • Cancellation and curtailment of the trip due to accident, illness or sickness.
  • If taken ill or have an accident, Endsleigh will pay emergency medical bills and hospital costs that are not covered by the National Health Service.
  • Additional costs incurred to repatriate, if medically necessary.
  • Reasonable costs to return home if a close relative is seriously ill.
  • Reimbursement if luggage is lost, stolen or accidentally damaged.
  • Endsleigh will help replace passports, or visas if they are lost or stolen.
  • Money stolen either from your person or while locked away, will be replaced.
  • If a student accidentally injures someone or damage their property, Endsleigh will cover legal liability.
  • Advice and assistance to take legal action is covered.
  • Cover for unavoidable or necessary cancellation or curtailment of course before completion due to, death, bodily injury or illness.

As a member of the Advance Payments to Travel Agents (APTA) Guarantee Scheme, underwritten by Evolution Insurance Company Limited, Klub Group Limited complies with the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992

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