Bedgebury Park Equestrian Centre in Kent, which at one time taught Olympic bronze medal-winning eventer Tina Cook, closed its doors on 9 October after more than 30 years as a riding school and British Horse Society (BHS) training and exam centre.

A BHS spokesman told H&H the organisation was “very sorry the well-respected centre is closing”.

The closure of the Goudhurst-based equestrian centre follows the sale of Bedgebury School in 2006.

Caroline Booth Jones of Bedgebury Park, said: “The Bedgebury Foundation [which gives grants to schools and students in Kent] is a charitable organisation and wanted to turn its assets into money.”

Homes have already been found for the majority of the centre’s 50 horses and those on loan have been returned to their owners. And the current students have been relocated.

For more on this, see the current issue of Horse & Hound (9 October 2008).