New equestrian centre to stirrup community interest

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A new state of the art equestrian centre recently completed in Fenland is looking to rein in the locals with an official open day.

The Fenland Equestrian Centre on the County Farms Estate in Elm near Wisbech will hold the event on Monday (August 26) and everyone is welcome to come along join in the fun.

The centre is run by County Farms tenants Steven and Amanda Pinder. They moved from Yorkshire in 2001, initially so Steven could farm, which he continues to do on the estate.

On arriving in Cambridgeshire they had difficulty finding stables for their own horse which led them to start their own livery. This began on a small scale with a livery yard for nine horses, but after increased demand this was increased to 18 stables.

Seeing the potential demand in the area, Steven and Amanda, with help from the County Farms Estate, successfully secured Olympic Legacy funding through Sports England in 2012. This funding enabled further facilities to be built and the centre to be expanded.

The Fenland Equestrian Centre now covers approximately 20 acres with stabling for 34 horses, an all weather floodlit arena, heated washing off box, grazing, café and tack shop and services on offer include riding lessons, livery, courses run in conjunction with the College of West Anglia, and non equestrian events such as football and dog training.

Amanda Pinder says ‘We are so excited to be opening and looking forward to our open day on 26th August. We’d like everyone to come along to see what we offer, even if riding is new to you. We’re proud to be an outreach centre for the College of West Anglia and extremely pleased to provide training and employment in the local area’.

If you would like to come along, the open day is on 26th August between 10am and 5pm. For full details of what’s on offer, how to find the centre and how to book courses, please visit the Fenland Equestrian Centre website at www.fenlandec.co.uk

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, Cabinet Member for Resources and Planning, said: “The County Farms Estate is a real success story for the County Council and the local agricultural industry. It has helped give farmers their first chance in the industry as well as helping businesses such as the Fenland Equestrian Centre start up. It is about supporting rural business and providing opportunities and new skills.”

For more details on the County Farms Estate, visit our webpage or join our Facebook Group.