About Mill House
Mill House Equestrian Centre was established in 1961 by Sue, Stan and Barry Venn. Thousands of adults and children of mixed abilities have been taught to ride to a very high standard. Over the years their children, and their children's children have returned to be taught by Barry at Mill House. Many Show riders, Showjumpers, Jockeys, Eventers and Racehorse Trainers have begun their careers as beginners at Mill House.
We have over 30 acres of grazing fields, lean-to and stable facilities, tack & feed rooms and a new all-weather outdoor arena with floodlights. We also have a range of cross-country and show jumps for riding lessons and livery customers.
Along with providing lessons and livery we now also host weddings and events, please check out our events page by clicking here.
We have amazing accommodation if you're looking for a peaceful weekend away in the stunning countryside. Choose from our Riverside Retreat, Sunset Shepherds Hut, or our a beautiful old barn conversion.
About Barry Venn (Proprietor)
Born in Australia, Barry came to England at 6yrs old and was introduced to horses & ponies, which became his life. 8yrs was spent in the pony club and he represented them in many teams. During this time he undertook his riding instructor's course. Firstly under Major Faudel Phillips, and finally at Powderham Castle, Exeter under Captain Brian Young fbhs.
Barry became seriously interested in show jumping and competed at national level for 7yrs when a fascination for steeplechasing took over.
He rode as an amateur jockey for 23yrs winning the point to point champion chase at Newbury twice on 'Gravel Pits' and at Hereford on 'Stanhope Street'. He went on to win the final champion Hunter Chase, 'The Horse and Hound Cup' also on 'Stanhope Street' at Stratford Racecourse.
Barry combined his riding activities with teaching throughout his riding career and was heavily involved with breaking, schooling, breeding, hunter trialing, eventing and showjumping.
Barry has continued to teach people how to ride for many decades, with many of his students going on to ride professionally.