£58K grant to build indoor riding facility

Laura Horrell with Sprite LR

A Thorney riding school and livery yard has received a £58,000 grant to build a new, indoor training area.

Middle East Farm Riding School, which trades as Bar Pasture Stables, has received the cash from the Rural Development Programme for England and Opportunity Peterborough.

It’s a pot of funding aimed at helping rural business and the rural economy.

Bar Pasture Stables has been running from Thorney for seven years and is home to 17 horses, offering riding lessons and livery.

Manager, Laura Horrell (pictured), said, “Having an indoor arena will mean we can hold our classes year-round no matter the weather. Ice, rain and heavy winds can be problematic and potentially dangerous for beginner riders, so with only outdoor space available at the moment, we have to reschedule quite a few lessons.”

Groundworks are scheduled to begin this month to have the building completed by November.

The grants are aimed at boosting the rural economy, from supporting tourism and small business growth to the development of agriculture, farm diversification and forestry. In rural Peterborough and Rutland, there’s a £1.3 million funding programme which is allocated by Opportunity Peterborough (operated by the City Council) and Rutland County Council.

Steve Bowyer, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough said, “The grant will support real business growth and have additional benefits for building local skills at the riding school. Supporting the rural economy is vital – particularly given the huge role it plays across Rutland and Peterborough.”

Deadline for applications for the next round of grants is the end of August, with the final round due in March next year.

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