Gotton Farm, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, TA2 8LL

Flying Start Children's Riding Centre

Hello, my name is Vicky; I am the owner and head instructor of Flying Start Riding School. I first began riding here at the age of 4, then progressed to become a helper, I returned as a customer with my daughter when she turned 4, and was presented with the opportunity to become the owner in 2014. I worked in the horse racing industry with Martin Pipes, where I gained my experience and equestrian qualifications. I am committed to maintaining Flying Start’s excellent reputation as a fantastic place for children to learn to ride.

Flying Start Children’s Riding Centre has been established for over 25 years, with an excellent reputation for specialising in riding lessons for children aged 3 years and up.

Members of The Association of British Riding Schools
Equestrian Business Awards Finalists 2022 - Riding School of the Year Category
Proud to be part of the Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy Campaign


40 Minute Group Lesson

Structured group sessions for riders of a similar ability with progression through gradings. - £22

Private Lesson

One-to-one tuition with our instructor. Caters for all needs and abilities - £35

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  • Flying start is an amazing riding school where you make friends, meet new people, play games , compete and make great connections with the horses. All the horses and staff... read more

    Nicola Thompson Avatar Nicola Thompson
    May 19, 2024

    Flying start is an amazing riding school with kind ,professional staff and helpers.All the horses are well loved and cared for. They make the area calm and friendly with good... read more

    Richard Homer Avatar Richard Homer
    May 18, 2024

    Great place really helpful

    Casey Natha Avatar Casey Natha
    October 24, 2023

    Amazing and fun learning

    suzanne oxley Avatar suzanne oxley
    March 24, 2022
  • Fabulous stables! Wonderful enthusiastic staff, the children had a fantastic time, would highly recommend.

    wendy margrett Avatar wendy margrett
    November 9, 2021

    Amazing stables xx

    Michelle Cork Avatar Michelle Cork
    September 17, 2021

    Lovely venue and very friendly staff.

    Andrew Clark Avatar Andrew Clark
    July 29, 2021

    Great place for kids to learn and have fun. The staff are really friendly

    Nick Shaw Avatar Nick Shaw
    July 3, 2021
  • Vicki and staff are all great my son loves it. Real sense of family between staff and students all very supportive of each other

    Freddie Henry Avatar Freddie Henry
    April 17, 2021

    My girls used to ride here and two years later (we now live in Cambridge) we still remember how good this Riding school is, which I think speaks for itself.... read more

    Kimberley khanna Avatar Kimberley khanna
    November 3, 2020

    Great place to learn to ride, friendly staff.

    David Chambers Avatar David Chambers
    August 22, 2020

    Fantastic all round, horses are well looked after. Staff are friendly and helpful and very informative. It's a great place to learn to ride.

    Daza Sc Avatar Daza Sc
    June 18, 2020
  • Absolute fun Decided to take my 3 year old boy for a ride and hish he loved it so much I will certainly make it his hobby Well done vicky nicky imi... read more

    handsom77 Avatar handsom77
    February 23, 2019

    The best riding school around!vicky and other members of staff are incredible and very dedicated to not only the ponies but customers and helpers and every person who arrives.the ponies... read more

    Maisie Cridlin Avatar Maisie Cridlin
    September 3, 2017

    I have been riding here at flying start since I was five (8 years) and helping since I was eight (5 years) . The ponies are well trained and a... read more

    Ellie Harris Avatar Ellie Harris
    August 13, 2017

    Great instructors and ponies. Really informative and well structured first lesson for my nephew and niece. We will definitely be going back.

    Sue Hamilton Avatar Sue Hamilton
    July 29, 2017

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Vicky Wyatt

Hello, my name is Vicky; I am the owner and head instructor of Flying Start Riding School. I first began riding here at the age of 4, then progressed to

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Bri Emery

I have been at Flying start for 8 years as a student and have gained a lot of experience and knowledge. I have just recently started working at flying start

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Tracey Harding

Hi, I’m Tracey. I joined the flying start team here at Gotton Farm after the big move. I assist with the everyday care of the horses and running of the

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Matt Bryant

With a background in leisure & management for over 16 years, I’ve joined the Flying Start team full time from May 2021 to help run the day to day operations

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Sarah Watkins

I offered to help at flying start 4 years ago and the rest is history. Over that time I have had the privilege of seeing the progression of the children,

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