About us

Historic Equitation Ltd was created and is managed by Dominic Sewell. Now based in Northamptonshire, Dominic keeps a full compliment of predominantly Iberian horses that he trains and schools according to classical methods.

As a young boy growing up in the historic town of Barnard Castle, Dominic was fascinated by knights and war horses. He never grew out of this love for the medieval period, so in 1996 with other like-minded individuals, ‘Destrier’ was formed. Based in England, Destrier is Europe’s foremost Calvary re-enactment group. After being encouraged by TV star Mike Loades in 2000, Dominic has gone on to joust internationally with his most recent trip to St Ives (Australia) to participate in the 2017 World Jousting Championship. He is currently considered one of the top exponents of the sport.

Dominic’s interest extends far beyond jousting and mounted combat, he is a passionate student of historical haute école horsemanship of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Dominic has been working alongside English Heritage in a project to showcase the classical teaching methods used by William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, England’s most famous riding master in his riding house at Bolsover Castle.

After the upheaval of 2020 Historic Equitation has returned stronger than ever with the awarding of our Riding School licence and a jam packed yearly event calendar of lessons, Clinics, Symposiums and Jousts.


We are pleased to announce that Dominic Sewell, Owner of Historic Equitation is now available for private tuition.

Learn how the words of the Dressage Masters apply to modern day riding and both you and your horse can benefit from their teachings. Dominic can take you through ridden or in-hand lessons with knowledge from a range of disciplines and periods.

If you wish to travel to Dominic either as an individual or group with your horses, you can benefit from using the purpose-built facilities, an indoor riding house (or arena) and outdoor all-weather tilt rail.

Whether you have a novice horse or are an experienced rider, we feel everyone can benefit from the words the Dressage Masters penned centuries ago. Learning new skills and movements can help you both develop confidence in your through new found abilities and in turn can help develop a greater bond with your equine partner.

Remember, you do not have to be an experienced rider to begin your journey with Historic Equitation. By far the most important part of any lesson is that you and your horse have fun.
Facilities and details

  • Fully insured
  • Riding house (indoor school)
  • Outdoor surfaced tilt area
  • Amply day stables with automatic water available
  • Overnight stabling available
  • Hardstanding for lorries or horseboxes