Showjumping venue placed into provisional liquidation

  • Showjumping shows at Kingsbarn Equestrian Centre, near Falkirk, have been reallocated, after the company that runs the centre was placed into provisional liquidation.

    This follows a dispute between centre owner Jackie Kemp and a stakeholder.

    A spokesman from Grainger Corporate Rescue, the liquidator, told H&H that the company behind the centre — Jakem Ltd — was placed under provisional liquidation on 19 November.

    However, they couldn’t confirm how long the process might take.

    “Hopefully as a result of the process, the centre will come out the other side and find a buyer to get it up and running again,” he added.

    Most of the riding school horses have been sold, and liveries had to vacate the site by 24 December.

    As a result British Showjumping (BS) has taken measures to reschedule events so that riders in Scotland are not at a loss.

    “We have reallocated six shows and we are working with other venues to find suitable dates to reschedule the remainder of the shows,” BS’s Iain Graham told H&H.

    “We’ve had more centres come on board in the past 18 months so we have more venues than previously in Scotland.”

    Aside from the financial issues, Jackie Kemp is also currently being investigated by the Scottish SPCA after a social media campaign, entitled “Let’s stop this cruelty” was set up earlier this year.

    Scottish SPCA inspectors visited her premises days after the Facebook page went live.

    Chief inspector John Chisholm told H&H: “We are investigating reports of horse neglect at a premises in the Falkirk area. As this is an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage.”

    H&H attempted to contact Ms Kemp, but had no response.

    Ms Kemp was cleared of charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at a separate trial last year.

    She denied mistreating a black mare, grey mare and bay gelding at the facility. She also faced charges of intentionally obstructing Scottish SPCA inspectors by removing horses from centre when they were trying to transfer them, but was found not guilty on both counts at Dunfermline Sheriff court on 5 November 2013.

    For more information on reallocated show dates visit: www.bsja-scotland.co.uk

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