Riding establishments

A licence is needed to run a riding school or an establishment which hires out horses or ponies for riding. 

Please contact us before applying for a licence

Please contact us before applying for a licence so that we can talk about requirements and send you all the conditions you would need to meet so that you can apply and pay for the licence online.

Email [email protected]


Applicants must be over 18 years of age and there is a fee to be paid.

See the current animal health licence fees.

Riding schools are inspected each year by a veterinary surgeon chosen by the local authority who will inspect all horses, tack, stables and exercise area.

Any veterinary fees will be charged to the applicant in addition to the licence application fee.

Apply for a riding establishment licence

Read further guidance about running a riding establishment


Email [email protected] or contact Newport City Council and ask for the trading standards team.