Ex-pupils asked to trot along to Elmswell riding centre’s party

Karl and Sharon Dawson want past and present staff and pupils to help the mark 20 years of Bardwell Manor Equestrian Centre.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160914-210343009

Karl and Sharon Dawson want past and present staff and pupils to help the mark 20 years of Bardwell Manor Equestrian Centre. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160914-210343009

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A riding school wants former pupils and staff to help mark its 20th anniversary.

Sharon Dawson founded Bardwell Manor Equestrian Centre at Elmswell in 1996 and is planning a celebration event at the centre on October 15 and all past and present staff and clients are being invited.

The centre currently has 29 horses and gives lessons to riders aged five and upwards.

It is now run by Sharon and her husband Karl, who she met when he came for riding lessons. He is now a qualified instructor at the Association of British Riding Schools approved school.

Sharon said: “Running the equestrian centre has changed a great deal over the years. Riding schools now face a great deal more paperwork and legislation than they did 20 years ago. Insurance costs have risen a great deal.”

She feels the centre’s longevity has been down adapting to a changing world. In 1996 it had up to 50 horses, but now rents out part of the premises to Spirit Arabian Stud.

She added: “We have also recently opened a campsite which has been doing well. We have invested in improving the facilities over the years.

“We have faced many challenges over the years, including, a large fire, two burglaries, when we lost all our tack, and outbreaks of infectious disease. Our customers have remained extremely loyal through difficult times.

“A number of our customers have been riding with us for the whole 20 years.

“We have taught hundreds of people to ride over the years and have given many people their first introduction to horse riding.

“Lots of our customers have gone on to own their own horses and compete in dressage, showjumping and eventing. ”

Contact Sharon at info@bardwell-equestrian.co.uk to attend the event.