Well, the great day is nearly here!
After all the days, months and years of dreaming and planning, we are about to start work on our wonderful new trekking centre.
All we need is a confirmed date from our builders and the first bricks can be laid. I can hardly believe it and I am so excited.
For the last few years we have had lots of dreams for the centre. After 20 years here I felt that we were either going to have to downscale or really up our game.
The facilities are getting a little tired now and after much thought we decided to go for it! We are putting into action a plan for a whole new equestrian complex.
We obtained planning permission and now, this month, ground can finally be broken.
The new centre will comprise a visitors’ centre containing a contemporary coffee shop, a training and conference area, toilets, showers and a shop. A brand new indoor arena will complete the first phase.
The second phase will include 46 new stables with wash areas, laundry rooms, tack rooms and foaling boxes.
The visitors’ centre will be built of cedar wood and glass with a lovely viewing area. We see it as a relaxing place to come and we envisage all sorts of activities going on there.
We will be able to host hen parties, birthday parties, well being days, corporate days and a retreat centre with a holistic theme.
Food and drink will be healthy – but we’re planning a few naughties as well, especially as my mum is a cake designer. You can be sure there will be some delicious treats on offer.
We’re also planning kit hire and merchandising and we’re looking forward to organising some pony club evenings.
There will also be a medical room and myself and the staff are undertaking our training to become a first responder horse unit. We felt we needed to be self contained following the closure of the A and E Unit in Stafford.
The development will give us the chance to offer all sorts of fun activities, including breakfast rides and evening barbeque rides.
I’ve never intended to provide formal lessons because there are a lot of excellent riding schools in the county.
But we have a lot of clients who would like to push themselves a little further with the horses they love and trust, especially our younger riders. So we have some exciting plans for unconventional activities that we hope lots of clients will enjoy.
This is such an exciting time in the history of our centre. The future is looking really bright – come along with us for the ride!