Riding centre leads the way

A RIDING centre is the first in Northumberland to achieve The British Horse Society and the British Equestrian Federation’s Clubmark accreditation.

Swinhoe Farm Riding Centre at Belford received the status.

Owner Claire Nixon said: “We are delighted to become the first centre in Northumberland to be Clubmark accredited. It is so important these days that children feel safe and secure wherever they are, and we are reassuring parents that Swinhoe Farm Riding Centre is a safe environment to be in and that we are doing our very best for their children.

“We provide training towards a variety of equine qualifications including the BHS Horse Owner’s certificates, BHS Stages 1-3, BHS PTT, BHS Riding and Road Safety Test and Pony Club Tests. We encourage our clients to take their BHS and Pony Club examinations to get the most out of their riding and stable management skills, as well as enjoying a variety of off-road rides including hacks to St Cuthbert’s Cave.

“Gaining Clubmark will enable us to contact local schools safe in the knowledge that we have the correct health and safety requirements for teaching their pupils.”

Margaret Linington-Payne, director of standards for the British Horse Society and Clubmark assessor, said: “Swinhoe Farm Riding Centre produced an excellent Clubmark Portfolio. We hope the accreditation helps the centre to keep delivering enjoyable experiences for young people in Northumberland.”