Towerlands Park Equestrian Centre, near Braintree, Essex is set to hold a full schedule of events in 2010, despite rumours of closure.

The current owners of the site were planning to drop the equestrian side of the business to focus on conferences and music events, but showjumping producer Charley Nathan has stepped in to ensure the competition centre stays open.

“Towerlands used to be one of the most prestigious centres in the country,” Ms Nathan said.

“I want to bring back a better quality of show and make the competitions fun again — recently showjumping has become too serious and all about the money.”

Both affiliated and unaffiliated showjumping will be held alongside dressage, showing and training clinics.

New additions to the centre will include entertainments such as a bucking broncho, karaoke and gladiator podiums.

The show centre will be run by Ms Nathan’s company Equestrian Events and will incorporate the existing Towerlands organising team.

Ms Nathan takes over on 6 April and shows will start immediately, leading up to their first major competition, the Amateur Inter-Nations on 14-15 May.