Galloping ahead with riding arena scheme

Enid Grant in her current horse-riding arena at Hope Farm, Amble.
Enid Grant in her current horse-riding arena at Hope Farm, Amble.

An experienced equine coach has described the approval of plans to build an indoor riding arena as a ‘massive boost’.

Permission has been granted for the construction of the structure at Hope House Farm Equestrian Centre, near Amble.

The arena will be used for monthly events, with parking proposed for up to 25 visitors, including up to 12 horse box-type vehicles. It will also have a viewing area.

It will be linked into an existing building which is currently used as a stable and will replace a less-suitable arena which is in the centre of the farm.

Yard manager and instructor Enid Grant spoke of her delight at the approval.

She said: “It is absolutely massive for us. It will allow us to stage more competitions and events and teach more people.

“We will be introducing seating which will make it really good for spectators.

“It will also keep the equestrian side of things totally separate from the agricultural side of the farm, because currently riders and spectators are forced across areas where agricultural activities are taking place to use the current arena.”

The scheme at the farm, owned by Phil Farmer, was approved under delegated powers by county-council planners.

The venue is holding a fund-raising showjumping competition on Sunday, March 1, for HospiceCare North Northumberland. It will start at 1pm and entry is free.

Call Enid on 07896 978155.