Your Equestrian Home from Home

The Unicorn Equestrian Centre is one of the best equestrian training centres in the UK. Set in 60 acres in the heart of the Cotswolds, the Unicorn combines first class training facilities with flexible stabling, conference space, accommodation and catering. The facility has been designed to provide an outstanding environment for all disciplines, at all levels and is fully accessible for Para sport.

Our experienced team has been inspiring our clients to achieve their goals since 1996. We work alongside our guests to create a completely personal and bespoke programme of care and attention for both horse and rider, be that for occasional training, intensive coaching or specialist multi-day camps.

As a small private charity, we pride ourselves on our flexible and personal approach. We invite you to come and experience our first class facilities and warm and friendly family atmosphere.

“I have trained at the Unicorn Trust for decades and when you arrive, with or without horses, it actually feels like arriving at your second home.

It’s so peaceful yet professional, homely yet has outstanding facilities. You’re made to feel so welcome that sometimes it’s hard to believe that these facilities are used and available to many. Nothing is too much trouble and the ethos of the venue  is very much like a Paralympian, if they can they will, if they can’t they will find a way.”

Sir Lee Pearson, Paralympian


The Unicorn offers a first-class training facility that is both accessible and affordable. We provide a private environment with excellent equestrian facilities as well as numerous spaces for meetings and gatherings.

The real difference at the Unicorn lies in our attention to detail. We want our trainers, riders and horses to feel relaxed, safe and valued. Our experienced team build strong relationships with our clients, enabling us to develop a tailor-made programme to suit their needs. Most of our clients are regular visitors and very much part of the Unicorn family.

Our facilities have been purpose-built to accommodate less-abled riders/drivers, trainers and visitors: this includes user-friendly access in our main building where we have a specially designed lift to reach the upstairs conference room and dining area.  Easy access toilet facilities are available downstairs in the main arena.

With many years of experience working with disabled riding and driving groups, our staff will cater to your needs to ensure an enjoyable visit.

We welcome enquiries from individuals, teams, clubs, societies and schools. 


The Unicorn Equestrian Trust was founded in 1996 by Sydney Smith to promote training opportunities for riders and carriage drivers of all abilities with world class facilities available for hire by individuals and groups, accessible to all. The centre has been designed to be fully accessible to all.
The Trust’s focus is on training and education and, as such, we do not host competitions. We are widely recognised as a centre of excellence in the UK. The Trust has strong connections with national and international teams and organisations, as well as local riders, clubs and groups in Gloucestershire and the surrounding area.

The work of our founder Sydney Smith was recognised by the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour in 2017.

The Trust welcomes enquiries from all riders and drivers, clubs, schools, associations, trainers and coaches.


Unicorn Equestrian Centre, Netherswell, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1JZ


01451 832317

Unicorn Equestrian Centre is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales under registered number 7904571, having its registered office at Granary Cottage, Netherswell, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1JZ. Registered charity in England & Wales number 1148612.