Olympic Legacy funding of £110,000 enables Fenland woman to develop state of art equestrian centre
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A WOMAN who developed an equestrian centre with the help of Olympic Legacy funding of £110,000 is to hold an open day.
Amanda Pinder has built the state of the art equestrian centre along side her husband Steven’s 270 acre county council owned farm at Redmoor Lane, Elm.
The centre covers 20 acres and includes an all weather arena, floodlit to Olympic standard, stabling for 34 horses, and a cafe.
Mrs Pinder said: “We’d like everyone to come along to see what we offer, even if riding is new to you.
“We’re proud to be an outreach centre for the College of West Anglia and extremely pleased to provide training and employment in the local area’.
Amanda and Steven moved from Yorkshire in 2001, initially so Steven could farm, which he continues to do on the estate.
On arriving in Cambridgeshire they had difficulty finding stables for their own horse which led them to start their own livery. This began on a small scale with a livery yard for nine horses, but after increased demand this was increased to 18 stables.
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Seeing the potential demand locally and with help from the county council’s farms estate they secured Olympic Legacy funding through Sports England.
It enabled more facilities to be added and even has non equestrian events on offer including football and dog training.
County councillor Steve Count, Cabinet member for resources, said the farms estate remained a “real success story”.
He said: “It has helped give farmers their first chance in the industry as well as helping businesses such as the Fenland Equestrian Centre start up.
“It is about supporting rural business and providing opportunities and new skills.”
Fenland Equestrian Centre will hold an open day on August 26 from 10am to 5pm.