For those of you who are more 'Pony Club' than golf club, there are a number of stables in South Devon. Most local to Ivybridge is the Fitzworthy Equestrian Centre in Cornwood. Cornwood is located just a 5 - 10 minute drive from Esmé's Cottage, through beautiful South Hams countryside. We, and a number of our guests, have ridden at Fitzworthy. We found it to be very well established and professionally run, and we were made most welcome. We are therefore very happy to recommend it.
The Centre caters for complete beginners, novices and experienced riders, offering a range of schooled group or individual lessons, moorland hacks and clubs for the occasional visitor or regular participant. There is even a 'Pub Ride' for those who wish to combine hacking with a visit to the local hostelries!
Fitzworthy is an approved equestrian centre. Check out their website for more information and contact details. And in case you don't get around to it beforehand, details of the Centre can also be found in the Cottage.