About us

We are Carl and Rose Tommons.

Transformed from a greenfield site in 2002, Sandy Lane Equestrian opened its doors to riders in 2003 and in 2004 joined forces with the RDA (Riding for the Disabled)

Set in over 40 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside Sandy Lane has developed, through continuing investment, and now has a spectacular indoor arena plus a large outdoor floodlight arena.

We specialise in teaching entry level riders but offer lessons for all ages and abilities. We pride ourselves in giving and restoring rider confidence. Our aim is for all riders to learn in a safe environment, whilst having lots of fun.

Animal welfare is paramount to us.

Every new pony / horse is vetted prior to use and every year all of the animals undergo a thorough veterinary check. Welfare criteria is laid down by recognised governing bodies.We aim to fulfil all these criteria to a higher than acceptable standard at each annual inspection.

We are licensed with the local authority and also approved by the British Horse Society (BHS) and The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS). BHS and ABRS are symbols of excellence and wherever you see these signs you can be assured that the correct elements for your wellbeing, protection and education are in place. 

On top of this, we personally strive to develop an establishment that you will enjoy coming to and provide lessons on horses and ponies that are loved and well cared for; give you hours of fun and leave you a competent rider with the confidence to enjoy any horse or pony that you have the opportunity to ride in the future.


Your safety is paramount to us. Horse riding can be a dangerous sport. All horses and ponies can be unpredictable, kick, bite and run fast.

  • Always wear an approved riding hat when around horses, even when on the ground. Make sure it is fitted correctly and fastened. New EU regulations state that all hats used at SLE must comply with the PAS015 standard and be identified as such.
  • Always wear firm, well fitting shoes or boots, ideally with a small heel.
  • Never run in the vicinity of horses or make sudden or loud noises, they are easily spooked.
  • Body protectors and gloves are recommended
  • Whilst riding our horses at SLE you are insured via standard Public Liability Insurance but additional personal riding insurance is always recommended.