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Bardwell Equestrian Centre celebrates 25 years




A riding school that began life with ‘one horse and no money’ is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Bardwell Manor Equestrian Centre, in Bardwell, Suffolk, held a party last Saturday to celebrate – with a bouncy castle, 60ft inflatable assault course, and four different DJs.

The school was founded by Sharon Dawson, who had previously worked at a riding school in Elmswell.

Sharon Dawson started the school in 1996.
Sharon Dawson started the school in 1996.

“I started the school with one horse and no money in 1996,” said Sharon.

“It got off to a good start and two years later, an RAF man arrived to learn to horse ride.

Karl later became my husband and has helped run the school ever since.

The school has taught hundreds of people to ride.
The school has taught hundreds of people to ride.

“We now have 25 horses, 20 of which are are used at the riding school.

“We have probably taught hundreds, if not thousands of people to ride over the years, and the school is still going strong.”

The Saturday event was attended by around 200 people.
The Saturday event was attended by around 200 people.

Around 200 friends, customers and former staff attended the celebrations, which were held in a marquee.

The equestrian centre is also Association of British Riding Schools approved and Sharon and Karl are both British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coaches.

Guests at the party last weekend.
Guests at the party last weekend.

‘It was lovely to see so many old friends and former customers. Some have ridden here for the entire 25 years, and now bring their children,” said Sharon.

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