New funding helps Peterborough riding school gallop ahead with expansion

A riding school in Thorney is expanding after securing a £57,000 grant to help fund building work.

Sunday, 26th August 2018, 3:28 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:15 pm
Bar Pasture Stables manager Laura Horrell with Sprite.

The Middle East Farm Riding School, which trades as Bar Pasture Stables and has been in operation for seven years, is constructing an indoor training arena at its site off the A47.

The £57,941 grant has come from the LEADER fund overseen by Opportunity Peterborough.

Laura Horrell, manager of Bar Pasture Stables, said: “Having an indoor arena means we can hold our classes year-round no matter the weather.

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“Ice, rain and heavy winds can be problematic and potentially dangerous for beginner riders, so with only outdoor space available at the moment, we reschedule quite a few lessons.”

The stables are home to 17 horses and offering riding lessons to all ages and abilities.

Ms Horrell added: “An indoor facility also means we can diversify more easily like making the space available for other riding groups and the wider public to use.

“This way we can grow the business without compromising on the high-quality, personalised service our clients receive during their lessons.”

The construction work should be completed in November.