An “equestrian village” in Buckinghamshire is celebrating the official opening of its international size indoor arena by hosting a new gala showjumping event with a £25,000 prize fund.
Described as ‘the UK’s first equestrian village’, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre comprises a British Horse Society-approved riding school and livery yard, an equestrian shop, restaurant and bar, an equine vet, indoor and outdoor arenas, cross-country course, saddler and equine laundry all on the 290-acre site.
Businessman Alan Dugard bought the former Buffalo farm near Slapton in 2005 and has invested around £5million in developing the centre.
He said: “What I wanted to create is a ‘one-stop shop’ with all the facilities a rider and owner could need under one roof. I want this centre to be known for its special atmosphere and for running big events in all disciplines.”
The All Stars Championship show runs from 26-28 October with classes ranging from newcomers to grand prix. The gala night on Friday 28 October will include displays by The Devil’s Horsemen, May Ray’s heelwork to music and a masterclass featuring Guy Williams and Emily Llewellyn, as well as the £9,000 All Stars grand prix.
Local rider Joy Dawes, who came 26th at Burghley Horse Trials this year, said: “The concept is really strong. I would recommend people to take a look around – what they are doing there is good for the sport as a whole.”
For more information, visit: www.buryfarmestates.co.uk