Spotlight on Four Winds Equestrian Centre
We love learning a little more about our approved centres, under the spotlight this week is Four Winds Equestrian Centre.
Tell us a bit about your centre…
We started in 1980, so we are about to celebrate our 40th anniversary in April. I was always interested in horses, but I’ve got no idea where the passion came from as I came from non-horsey family! Once I gained my qualifications I wanted to start my own yard and luckily a friend rented me some land and initially we bought a small parcel of land to build the stables on and it all grew from there! We started with 4 horses and ponies and 2 liveries. At the moment we have 45 horses living here 24 in school and the rest livery horses.
Why did you decide to become ABRS approved?
We decided to become ABRS approved to show that we met the requirements and as a mark of quality assurance for the public. They would know they could ride safety and with trained coaches or Instructors as it was then.
How many employees do you have and what makes them so good?
We have 4 full time members of staff. Two of our team, Alicia and Karen trained here over 10 years ago and now help run yard and are both qualified coaches. They both enjoy teaching their clients and have great understanding of their needs.
Have you got anything exciting things planned for this year?
We are planning a party for our 40th anniversary in April if we haven’t floated away by then!
We are all hoping that one of our liveries will be going to the Paralympics in Tokyo on her young horse, Wonky (that’s not her posh name!). It is great for the yard, she went to Rio last time and we had yard party.
We have very active disabled section to our riding school, we have achieved our Accessibility Mark and this section is growing fast and is lead by coach Kirsty Sweeny. We offer riding, driving and contact sessions.
We know that you love all your horses and ponies, but if you had to choose just one, who would it be and why?
We have 2 special horses:
My young horse we bought wild. I’ve had an amazing year with her since registering her with BD in the Spring she was never been lower than 3rd in her classes. Won the Tack and Togs Prelim champs and reached Pet Plan second round. I’m hoping she will be a super star and lets see where we can go.
My other horse would be Skye a chestnut mare, she is the grand daughter of my first school horse Hannah. I have her daughter Destiny and they are an amazing family and have served me well, they seem to be good at everything. Skye was placed at the BHS riding school champs in dressage and show jumping and Anna’s highlight was she was that she was watched by the Princess Royal as she did her round.
Thank you so much to Paula from Four Winds Equestrian for giving us this lovely insight into life at their centre. If you’d like to feature on our Facebook page, please drop us a message – we’d love to hear from you!