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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Cumbrian equestrian centre closing after Strangles all-clear

There is good and bad news from the Lakeland Equestrian Centre near Dearham. Centre owner Sarah Richardson has announced that the yard is now clear of Strangles and all the horses there are fit and well.

Sarah Richardson photo
Sarah Richardson

Stringent hygiene measures put in place at the yard following the outbreak have paid off and there have been no new cases. Sadly however, Sarah has decided to call it a day and is closing the centre.

The business had only been up and running for a year and had been proving successful and popular as both a livery yard and competition venue.

However, the double whammy of the Strangles and an enormous rates bill has proved too much of a burden. It’s definitely a sad loss for the area and Sarah’s many friends and supporters have rallied to send her good wishes for the future.

In showjumping, Chris Hutchinson had a great day at Stainsby Grange, securing not one but two qualifying tickets for Scope.

With his horse Lowhill MacRuffo, Chris came third in the Katharine James class and second in the Adventurer.

Great results for both Jon Fletcher and Gail Smith at the recent Richmond show. Jon came second in the 1.20 with Vote Z, then went on to win the 1.25. Meanwhile Gail and Wenge came third in the 1.20 and second in the 1.25 - Gail says he was ‘jumping like a stag!’

In Dressage, Newton Rigg had a good turnout for its recent unaffiliated competition.

The Prelim 1 class saw a very impressive win in the junior section for Lucy Hogg and Skyline Ranger with a score of 81.05 per cent, while the senior section was won by Newton Rigg student Nicolle Murray riding Apollo.

The junior section of the Prelim 14 was won by Becky Thompson and Finn, and Clare Chappelhow took the senior honours with Orla.

The novice class went to Tina Crowley with Lugardis and the Elementary 42 was won by Suey Browne and Josie.

The centre’s next competition is on Sunday and it’s affiliated. The next unaffiliated fixture is on Sunday March 11.

If you’ve ever wanted to try WHP classes, BSPS Area 1b are staging two shows at Greenlands which would be the perfect opportunity.

The first is on Sunday and has classes for everyone from tinies to full-size horses. Entries taken on the day.

The second show on Saturday March 10 includes novice and open classes for WHP and M&Ms, SHP and show ponies. You must pre-enter and entries close on March 1.

Information on both shows can be found on BSPSArea1b website but if you’d like more details or advice ring Heather Metcalf on 016974 76786 /079697 35875.

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