Apollo Stables

There's no shortage of people with a passion for ponies.  It seems horses and ponies become a lifelong love for many and Apollo Stables has a wide range of ages that enjoy a trot or canter around the site and countryside of Lakenheath.


At Apollo Stables Riding School we teach adults and children from the age of four how to ride.  As a British Horse Society approved school we a offer a high level of safety along with proper and correct instruction for all.  Health & Safety in the presence of horses is intilled in all from the very beginning.


For children our Schoolmaster ponies are perfect for children and

have been in the hands of the stable owners for many years.

Apollo Stables lakenheath

Those You Will Meet...

Assistant Manager:

Bud Chapman


Miss Bud, as she is known around the yard, takes pride in many aspects of Apollo Stables.    She and her husband Barry first bought Apollo back in 1990 and has loved him ever since. Part of the family. First the mount of  Zoe their first daughter and then onto Emma.


Bud supported Zoe Emma and Jamie all at local Pony Club and local competitions. Being the dedicated horse carer, horsebox driver and school master at the Tack and Turnout competitions that both Zoe and Emma won with Apollo under Buds watchful eye!    Miss Bud is all about high standards and attention to detail.  Bud now supports both her grandaughters in the sport of riding.


Emma and Bud successfully completed the local Suffolk Hunt Pony Club and Worlington Riding Club circuit with Bud acting as Team Manager to the Worlingtons Junior Area 14 Riding Club  Teams after Bob Shepherd for a few successful years.


While Emma was away training and at College Bud held the fort looking after the horses for Emma and stood beside her as Apollo Stables was in the pipeline.


Apollo Stables opened in 2001 officially and as the business grew Emma needed Bud more and more as the business quadrupled over night.  


So, Bud joined the Apollo team as a business partner, and has since been a driving force in all areas from admin' to judging.


Apollo Stables is our way of life... a passion for all of us.

Properietor/ Manager:

Emma Jayne Spencer


In 1986 Emma got her first pony; the beginning of a life-long relationship with equines, enjoying regular weekly classes, from 1991 under the guidance of Jeanette Butcher; Emma's mentor.


Competing from a young age and finding an interest in eventing at Pony Club and Riding Club level.  At the age of 15 Emma had tuition with respected international trainer Ruth McMullen in Norfolk and later became a working pupil with her own horse training on site.


Emma studied at the Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, gaining her Nationall Certificate in the Management of Horses.  Additionally becoming a qualified instructor in 1997-98, gaining her BHS. PT qualification (the only student on this course to do so).


With the help the Princess Trust Emma, and her family setup Apollo Stables in 2000.  Named after her Pony Club partner-pony Apollo Himself to help young and old riders experience the fun world of riding.  The official opening was conducted by Jeanette Butcher on 22nd February 2001.


In 2003 Emma piloted the Equine Outreach Scheme with the College of West Anglia to train students at Apollo Stables with a 100% pass rate.  Emma became an NVQ Assesor in 2006/7, further enhancing her credentials in 2008 by training for and gaiing a BHS Stage 4 Horse car qualification and becoming a B.H.S.A.I., INT, SM (British Horse Society Assitant Instructor plus Intermediate Stable Manager).


Over 18 years of teaching Emma has developed a keen eye for identifying and correcting rider positioning, and also regaining the confidence of nervous riders.

Devloping flatwork and the jumping ability of advanced riders is also an area that Emma particularly enjoys.

Head Girl:

Theresa Leonard


Theresa has been with Apollo Stables for 13 years, in this time she has gained a reputation for being an amazing mentor; well known for being friendly, and fun.


Theresa loves taking the horses and children out for hacks in the countryside and is fully qualified.


 • 35 Years experience

 • NVQ 3 plus Coaching Award

 • Child Protection Certification

 • CRB Checked

 • Equine Specific First Aid Trained



Specializing in a high standard of horse care Theresa looks after all of our ponies, horses and retired ponies.


Theresa has a keen interest in teaching adults and children, able to build raport easily.  Incorporating in to her teaching a lot of mounted games for fun and learning.



Apollo Stables Riding School, Lakenheath

A family business, established 2001

With thanks to our partners,

suppliers and associates.


Vehicles supplied and maintained

by ACS Cars, Lakenheath

07789 100 913


Horse Feed & Bedding Supply

Rands & Wilson, Lakenheath


Harry Buckle Ltd, Farrier Services,

Newmarket 0000 0000000


Chosen charity 2013: CrackOn

Apollo Stables has been a member of the British Horse Society since 2006.

Helping Hands


We are fortunate to have a collective of skilled, knowledgeable and able riders who assist us in the operation of Apollo Stables Riding School along with those who are training towards their British Horse Society Teacher's Assistant certificates.


We're sure you'll get to know them, and enjoy learning from them and riding with them.

PIC Theresa

"At Apollo Stables, we have put blood, sweat and tears into our passion. We are proud of our team and have met some wonderful people over the years. We get immense pride seeing our riders  gain cofidence and get so much physically and emotionally from our well loved friend ....The Horse."

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Head Instructor, Emma, competing in 1993 on Apollo Himself, the stable's namesake.

Live at the Apollo!

This is a family run businesses (see press article above) with qualified staff who love the work and share their knowledge with those who want to learn. Along with the qualifications Apollo Stables is fully licensed and insured and is 'Highly Commended' by the British Horse Society.

PIC staff Bud

Emma Jayne Spencer

& Bud Chapman

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