An impressive £400,000 80x30m indoor school, featuring a top-of-the range wax riding surface, has been opened at Lavant House Stables, just north of Chichester.
The facility is a testimony to the determination of the owner Lucy Thomson to provide extensive top class equestrian training facilities.
Lucy explained: “We bought the land in 2008 from Cemex and obtained planning permission on an adjacent field to the existing complex in 2009.” As well as the indoor school, the planning consent also provides for an administration block, reception, café, club rooms, horse stalls, tack rooms and a large stable complex, which are yet to be built. ”
Lucy continued: “Our aim is to create top of the range equestrian facilities, predominantly for the multitude of people who ride and keep horses at Lavant House Stables, plus incorporate other uses now there is the large covered riding facility. Top of the list for this building will be to become a British Horse Society examination centre, providing to the Riding for the Disabled group and to bring in renowned trainers for the benefit of the more serious rider, to name but a few of our future plans.”
Lucy commented: “It was frustrating that having attained the planning permission we then had to tread water for the next seven years due to the recession.
“In 2015 when things started to improve economically we decided to go ahead with the indoor school earlier this year, creating a usable infrastructure inside for immediate use, with the remaining buildings to follow.”
She added: “When things are hard to get, you appreciate them more.”
“It was thanks to my accountant, Robert Sadler, of Robert Sadler & Co. of Chichester that we have finally achieved this.” She added Mr Sadler, whose wife and daughters learnt to ride and then progressed to keeping their own horses at Lavant House Stables, had been a pillar of support to her all the way through, helping her to secure funding for the scheme. “We combined my determination with Robert’s knowledge to achieve this. He never lost faith in me.”
The official opening was attended by 150 people, including past and present riders, with Robert officially cutting the ribbon with Lucy. Office manager Kelly Oliver provided champagne and commemorative cakes to mark the occasion with the riders with their own horses at Lavant House Stables using the new sand and fibre wax surface for the first time.
For more information about Lavant House Stables and using the new indoor facilities, contact the team on: 01243 530460, firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.lhstables.co.uk