The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) has introduced a new scheme appointing “nominated centres of excellence”. This incorporates yards that have exceptional facilities, training and horse management, but are neither a riding school or livery yard.

The first nominated centre was awarded last Monday (12 November) to dressage rider Sarah Pidgley, who runs a private yard, Kilbees Farm, in Windsor.

Julian Marczak, ABRS chairman, said: “In this way we shall seek to develop our network of centres and continue to create opportunities for those who seek inspiration and wish to work with horses at a higher level.”

He said the ABRS will “continue its first role as the professional organisation for riding schools”, but wishes to increase its contribution to the sport.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (15 November, ’07)