Bedgebury Equestrian Centre reopens its doors

  • Bedgebury Equestrian Centre has reopened its doors, with big plans for expansion.

    The centre, near Goudhurst, Kent, closed as a riding school and British Horse Society training centre 18 months ago.

    Businesswoman Gabriella Atkinson bought Bedgebury in December and “unofficially” reopened three months later.

    The centre is currently a livery yard and the base of event rider Sharon Hunt (pictured), who moved in her string of 15 horses in February.

    “British Dressage competitions are being held here again and we hope to run British Eventing fixtures in time,” said a spokesman.

    The site has 50 stables, a cross-country course, eight cottages and 127 acres of land. It also has a 20x40m outdoor arena, an outdoor lungeing arena and two indoor arenas.

    Ms Atkinson intends to add a conference centre and a 50x80m outdoor arena and make Bedgebury a major equestrian venue.

    This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (10 June, 2010)

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