Jessica and Marigold
Taylor on Ruben
Taylor jumping Ruben in our indoor riding arena
Sammicross country

Sammi cross country on Sonora

Dress up Day
Dress up class in a Day Camp Show

Welcome to the Thistledown Equestrian Centre Website!


We offer a variety of riding and horsemanship programs in a friendly, supportive, and relaxed atmosphere:

  • Centered Riding® for all disciplines
  • Lessons for beginners to advanced Adults and Children:
    • Basic English Riding
    • Dressage
    • Jumping
    • Cross Country
    • Eventing
  • Horsemanship
  • Quadrille (Musical Ride)
  • Showing
  • Thistledown hosts Cross Country Trials and Events
  • Day Camps in the Summer and March Break

We are located 15 minutes outside of Stratford, Ontario, Canada.


Ellen Redden is the owner and operator of Thistledown Equestrian Center. Ellen has been riding and teaching for over fifty years in Ireland, England, USA and Canada and is a certified Centered Riding® instructor. She has a very open and friendly approach to teaching all ages and levels of experience.
    • Level II Centered Riding Instructor
    • British Horse Society Horsemaster
    • BHSAI
    • Pony Club “A”
    • Teacher/Trainer of adults and children with over forty years of teaching horsemanship.

Sarah Redden, Hons. B.A. and B.Ed., with emphasis in Special Education.Sarah uses her dressage skills and jumping training as well as Centered Riding techniques to help her riding students excel. Come out and meet Sarah.

Naomi Ruston is an assistant instructor who teaches the young riders, Pony Pals and Trotters. She has a fun and upbeat approach to teaching while making sure that all of the basics are covered.


Riding and horsemanship programs operate year-round at our facility. We pride ourselves on the footing in our dust free 62’ x 130’ Cover-All indoor arena – which is equipped with a sound system for rides to music. The indoor arena provides a place for winter lessons and activities such as equestrian soccer, gymkhanas, shows, free jumping demonstrations, and ground driving.

The large outdoor sand ring houses a full jump course, and our cross country course provides a variety of obstacles including ditches, angles and drops for schooling and shows.

Our horses are chosen for their especially quiet natures and well trained to provide you with an excellent ride at any level from beginner to advanced.