About Us

Bentley Riding School was founded in 1987 by Mannie Beaven, formerly one of the country’s leading lady riders who, as a long time member of the British Team, represented Britain in major international show jumping. Alongside her competitive career, Mannie has had a life long association with riding schools of all kinds and before moving to this lovely part of Suffolk, she owned and managed one of London’s largest and most prestigious equestrian centres.

Bentley has long been known as the ‘friendly riding school’, combining an informal, welcoming character with high standards of tuition and safety. It is for people who want to learn to ride for pleasure; with the benefit of first class instructors, obliging horses and ponies, a fine indoor arena and lovely woodland rides with no roadwork. We teach children - and their parents – and, in many cases, their grannies. Children who learned to ride here now bring their own children.

Young riders who may hope to go on to competitive riding will have the opportunity to have advanced coaching from Mannie.

Over the last 25 years, Bentley has proved to be a remarkable nursery for talented youngsters who have gone on to success in affiliated show jumping and dressage.