About Us

North Devon Riding Holidays, Devon is a family established yard of some 21 years named Roylands Riding Stables. BHS approved and recommended. We are open all year for all abilities, Beginners to experienced riders, adults to children and offer Devon Riding Holidays, Countryside hacks, Beach riding experiences, B&B for horses (bring your own horse on a Devon riding holiday) and own a Pony days.

Coming back from beachNorth Devon riding holidays is situated behind the sand dunes of Croyde Beach, North Devon. Famous for its local Surfing community Croyde village also boasts picturesque ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottages, excellent pubs, ice cream shops, surf shops, a Post Office and restaurants.

A mile from Croyde is Putsborough Beach, an award winning beach, some 3 miles long that runs along the North Devon coastline and meets Woolacombe at the opposite end. Lundy Island can be seen offshore, famous for its Lundy Ponies, Seals, Sika deer & Puffins. It is the first U.K. Marine Conservation Zone and can be visited via the MS Oldenburg leaving Bideford or Ilfracombe. Croyde bay beach is also less than a mile from Saunton Sands beach, so you will have four stunning beach riding opportunities all within a 5 minute drive. Beach riding is an experience most riders would love to achieve in their riding career, with support from our team we can make your dreams come true!

Marine driveSurrounded by the rolling hillside of Croyde Bay, we have wonderful riding opportunities through villages along farm tracks, bridleways, sand dunes, beach riding, woods & through fields.

North Devon Riding Holidays being the friendly place that it is, all the people that keep their ponies & horses on Livery are involved on a daily basis voluntarily, North Devon Riding Holidays has a great family atmosphere. We are all there to support each other through the highs and lows of horsemanship. Should you decide to;

Bring your own horse on holiday with you for instruction or just a holiday of your own to experience the bridleways or beach riding you will always have somebody to ride out with and show you the best rides in the area.

Simon Maddocks – Owner and Instructor

1982 – 1985 I started my equine career against the odds having been told ‘you’ll never make a living out of horses’ I worked as an N.P.S. Stud Assistant at The St.Lawrance Stud Farm, Bodmin, Cornwall.

In 1985 I had the opportunity to move to Porlock Vale Equestrian Centre, Somerset, where I gained my BHS AI

A turning point in my career came in 1988 when I began my own business, starting with a few ponies I offered hacking, lessons and beach rides to the local community with Roylands Riding Stables. As my business is right in the heart of a popular holiday resort I grew the business with lots of summer tourist trade.

During 1988 – 1992 I continued my personal development at Porlock Vale Equestrian Centre and built up my riding school business.

1992-1996 studying at Bicton College, Devon under the tutorage of Ernest Dillon F.B.H.S
I successfully achieved my BHS II S.M.

2009-2011 at Huntley Equestrian Centre, Gloucester – I gained my BHS Intermediate Instructor’s Certificate.

2011- 2013 currently working with Claire Sampson F.B.H.S. to further my career.

Roylands Riding Stables has grown around me as I have gained my years of experience and qualifications. Roylands is a BHS approved centre, Livery Yard, offers qualified tuition, hacking and beach rides. My latest venture is to expand into the holiday market offering riding holidays and B&B for horses.

 Vicci Greenaway -  Head Girl  - BHS Stage 1 & 2

Vicki Hadley & Alicia Court - Ride Escorts – BHS Stage 1

Sue Keane - Ride Escort

Simon & Vicci - First Aid Certificated