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Riding Stables Planned To Return To Elsham Hall

The long history of stables and horse back riding dating back to the early 1800's and the racing stables of the Corbet Family is set to return to Elsham Hall as part of a strategic review by the Country Park. The Park has had a long association with Pony Trekking during the 1970's and 1980's although the stables closed after a fire in the late 1980's in favour of the creation of a Children's Animal Farm.

"We ran an excellent stables here with safe country Pony trekking in our wonderful woods free from the dangers of public highways." Said Robert Elwes, Park Manager. "In the light of the Foot and Mouth epedemic and subsequent Zoo over-regulation, we have begun to review the Children's Animal Farm and have arranged for these animals to move to a New Parkland Petting Area with larger grazing areas. This has meant that we are now able to look at uses for the fabulous stables and trekking trails with a view to encouraging applications for a Riding School for Children".

"There is always room for recreational activities of this nature at the Park and we are definately not looking for livery enterprises preferring to encourage children and adults to become involved in one of the countryside's oldest pursuits. It is easy to forget in the age of the combustion engine and driving tests that only eighty years ago we were judged on our skills in the saddle and horse power meant horse power !"

The Park Office is currently offering prospective new riding stable tenants a subsidised start up package conditional upon proven qualifications and even more importantly, the ability to demonstrate a refreshing, caring and charming personality as part of the Park's Welcome Host Programme.Details can be requested on 01652688698 and applicants are reminded that they will be expected to produce a three year plan involving the education and encouragement of children of all abilities in pleasurable equestrian pursuits. All applications must be submitted by the middle of March with a view to opening the newly revamped facility for the Easter Holidays.

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