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Leading event and dressage rider Ruth Edge will be moving yards next month.

She has been based with longstanding owners and supporters Ann and Hugh Lawson in Cumbria for 11-and-a-half years. But Ruth is now in a position to buy her own place – 200 miles south, near Uttoxeter, Staffs.

“Ann and Hugh have been fantastic to us over the years and we owe them an awful lot,” she told H&H.

“We will be very sad to leave but it is really exciting that we can now have our own place.”

Ruth has only just got the keys for the new yard and plans to move the 15 horses after Bramham (7-10 June).

“Cumbria is a great place to live but it’s a long way from anywhere. It’s at the wrong end of the M6!” she said.

“A lot of work needs to be done to the yard but there is a lovely old courtyard with 11 stables. And we’ve put in a planning application to improve the facilities,” she added.