Posted on 3rd December 2019
We love finding out about our members and the first in the question firing line is Janet Dallimore from Cornwall Riding Academy at Wheal Buller Riding School.
Tell us a bit about your centre:
The Riding School was established in 1984 when I purchased a very run down farm with 35 acres.
Prior to that I had previously owned a small riding school in Daisy Hill, Lancashire.
Wheal Buller was ideally situated being only four miles to the North coast and seven miles from the south coast with 26 miles of bridle paths in both directions, which later became part of the World Heritage Site of the Mineral Tramways.
We are ABRS, Ofsted, Clubmark and a Cornwall Council 5 star approved centre. We have around 50 horses and ponies and provide lessons and hacks for all ages and abilities and fully inclusive riding holidays for children in which they do swimming with ponies, riding on the beach, mock hunt, day ride, side saddle, cross country, dressage, show jumping and also courses for adults tailored to suit the individual.
We have a Young Riders Club that meets on Saturdays and Sundays to learn stable management, practice for dressage, cross country and show jumping competitions and to train to train for ABRS Tests. We also hold regular in house competitions for our members, so we are kept very busy.
Why did you decide to become ABRS approved?
We wanted to join an association that was there to help and support riding school proprietors. When we applied to the ABRS for approval the office was in Penzance and it was easy for us to pop in and discuss any problems or queries we had. We always found the staff in the office to be well informed, welcoming and eager to help, if they didn’t have the answer they would get it for us within 24 hours.
We feel that we do get the help and support from the ABRS that we need.
How many employees do you have?
We have around 12 members of staff most of which have been with us a number of years. Our Equine Welfare Officer has been with us for 30 years! A number of others have worked for me for 14 years plus. It never ceases to amaze me the hard work, loyalty and devotion they show to the Riding School on a daily basis for which we are very grateful. We definitely are a team.
As we are coming up to Christmas… does anything special happen at your centre around Christmas time?
We have an Easter Egg Hunt at Easter and an Halloween Ghost Hunt in October and a Christmas Party and show every year for our Young Riders Club. We usually around 50 children attend and everyone goes home with a prize.
We know that you love all your horses and ponies, but if you had to choose just one, who would it be and why?
This is a very difficult one so I have thrown this one open to the staff and customers. We have agreement, it is Brayley a 16.3hh, 10 year old coloured heavyweight gelding. He does everything for everyone. He does the vaulting with the children, carries all the heavyweight riders, swims with children and adults, jumps and as they say is never sick, sorry or bad tempered. We bought him as a six month old foal.
What have been the best achievements at your centre this year?
We were no. 6 in the 10 most amazing places in the World to ride and the only place in the UK on the list according to Trip Advisor and Horse Mart. We were also awarded 5* Approval with Cornwall Council. 2018 we topped the ABRS list for ABRS Tests.
A big thank you to Janet for giving us an insight into life at Wheal Buller Riding School.
if you’d like to find out more about the ABRS, become approved, or look into the ABRS tests have a look here: ABRS