Equine centre riding high after opening

Enid Grant with Gerry in the new arena at Hope House Farm Equestrian Centre. Picture by Jane Coltman
Enid Grant with Gerry in the new arena at Hope House Farm Equestrian Centre. Picture by Jane Coltman

An equine training centre which opened its doors less than a year ago has gone from strength to strength, with further development plans earmarked for the future.

Enid Grant, from Shilbottle, launched Hope House Farm Equestrian Centre, near Amble, in December and she admits that things have worked out better than she could ever have expected.

Since opening the doors, the 25-year-old has galloped ahead to expand the facility’s offering, with a range of classes and regular competitions.

Paul Langford delivers dressage training every three weeks, while in-house courses, including stable management, are run for children during the school holidays.

Showjumping clinics, to be led by Will Murray and Barbara Anderson, are set to start shortly.

The venue, at Hope House Farm, also hosts monthly showjumping and dressage competitions which are growing in size and popularity, attracting around 100 spectators and 40 to 50 entrants each time. Catering at these events is provided for free by Brunton-based Holland and Paige.

Plans are also in place to hold a charity event, in aid of Cancer Research UK, in the coming months.

Experienced coach Enid said: “I never thought the centre would come so far in such a short space of time, I have had amazing support which has helped me to put this place on the map.”

Earlier this year, plans for an indoor riding arena were approved by the county council. The structure – built by Amble-based Northern Strucutures Ltd, while Henzell Enterprises Ltd, in Longframlington, laid the surface – opened recently. Enid said: “There was a need for this and it is constantly in use.”

Enid hopes to install an outdoor arena next year.

For more details, call her on 07896 978155 or email enid_grant1@hotmail.co.uk