Help celebrate family riding school’s 55th anniversary this summer

  • A riding school on the Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire border is looking for former pupils to help celebrate its 55th anniversary this year.

    The family-run Bunny Hill Riding Centre near Costock is planning a series of events to mark the anniversary this summer, including a reunion in June.

    And staff are hoping to gather together as many former pupils as possible.

    Among those who have learnt to ride at Bunny Hill Riding Centre have been mayors and sheriffs of Nottingham who need to be able to ride a horse for official parades, Nottinghamshire-born actress Sherrie Hewson, who played Maureen in Coronation Street and currently appears on ITV’s Loose Women, and several Nottingham Forest football players.

    The riding centre was founded by former jockey Bob Humphrey and his wife Freda in 1955. It is now run by their son Sam (who was a successful jockey and team chaser) and his wife Lou (a British Dressage judge and NVQ assessor)

    “We’re proud to be celebrating our 55th birthday and have organised several different events over the year which we hope will appeal to horse riders,” said Sam.

    “We’re hoping to hear from lots of our ex-pupils who perhaps learnt to ride here many years ago, and are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at our reunion in June and at the other events we’ve got planned.”

    The celebratory programme of events includes a social event on Saturday 13 February, a jousting tournament on 27 March and the reunion in June.

    The riding centre will be raising money for World Horse Welfare during its 55th birthday celebrations.

    Former pupils who would like to attend the reunion and garden party in June, or any other events, should email lou@bunnyhill.co.uk or call 01509 852366.

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