Horse riding centre to shut after 40 years

Photo from High Herts Riding Centre website - pic by Will Baxte
Photo from High Herts Riding Centre website - pic by Will Baxte

Riders in Hertfordshire will be forced to find an alternative venue after a riding school that has operated for four decades announced it is to close.

High Herts Riding Centre in Hemel Hempstead is due to shut in August as the centre has been sold.

It is hoped it will be re-opened as a competition yard in the future.

Proprietor Pauline Couldridge said: “It’s time to say goodbye after 32 years involvement at High Herts and it’s time for someone else to have some fun!

“It has been a very hard decision to make as High Herts has been a very big part of my life.

“You know you have been in a place a long time when not only the children are coming back in with their children, but grandchildren have started to appear!

“This is absolutely the right time for me to go.”

Plans are already underway for all the riding school horses and ponies to be rehomed or retired.

Ms Couldridge, who has run the yard since 1982 added: “The plan is that the riding school will close on Sunday July 20 and the livery will end on the weekend of August 2 and 3 with the gates finally closing on August 4 2014.

“Thank you all so much for your support over the years.

“I hope you will have the same fond memories of the place that I will always treasure.”