Diversification Is Open To Anyone With Ambition And Drive
Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre, situated in the Staffordshire Moorlands
has quickly become one of the best equine competition centres in
the Midlands. The former 82-acre dairy farm was purchased in February
2001. The new owners, David Kinsella and Anne Pearn made the bold
step of selling their 22 year-old established business and country
home, in order to set up and develop this new rural business.
Their combined passion for horses and nose for business made them
aware that the area lacked a friendly equestrian centre with good
facilities, in which people of all abilities felt comfortable to
Work was quickly undertaken, involving huge personal capital investment.
The main barn was refurbished into 18 high quality stables, a horse-walker
installed, shower room and tack room built. Outside three arenas
were under construction along with the installation of an all weather
gallop, cross country course and car parking facilities.
By August 2001 the new arenas where ready and the first affiliated
dressage competition took place. This attracted interest and slowly
the first liveries arrived. In such a short time, with the owners'
driving ambition to make this business work, the centre has gone
from strength to strength and by 2002, everyone's hard work culminated
in the North West Regional Dressage Competition being held there,
attracting riders of all abilities from all over the country.
Any rider visiting the Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre has the benefit
of an excellent professional staff who will offer assistance, advice,
support and lots of hard work to encourage and develop their skills
and indulge their passion for horses. The centre is now undergoing
some exciting new changes.
A new development for 2003 has been the purchase of a Cold Water
Hydrotherapy Spa imported from Australia, for the treatment of lower
leg injuries in horses. (One of only 6 in the country). The spa
has had exceptional results in tendon and ligament injuries, joint
conditions, healing of wounds and bone damage.The spa has been housed
in yet another renovated farm building.
Beaver Hall is currently applying for a rural diversification grant
to yet further the expansion of the centre to offer a further range
of services for horse and rider .The expansion programme has been
warmly received by David Holmes Chief Executive of British Dressage
who quotes "British Dressage is growing rapidly & this
is due in no small part to the increasing number & quality of
facilities available which make our sport one of the most accessible
equestrian sports. We are fortunate indeed to have owners such as
yourselves who are willing to share in the development of our wonderful
sport- a sport which is now more than ever attracting a wider range
of people from so many different backgrounds."
The grant will help towards the plans for the refurbishment of another
building to include 10 rehabilitation stables, consultancy rooms,
a new café and viewing area, toilet facilities and extra
parking.The centre will closely work with one of the top equine
physiotherapist in the country offering a full range of treatments
along with the revolutionary spa treatments.
David and Anne are immensely proud of what they have achieved in
such a short period of time. They are passionate, enthusiastic and
to carry through this rural diversification, bringing money and
employment into the area. By providing a lively and innovative equestrian
environment they have made a positive addition to the local rural
and business community
Hall is now sponsoring Lee Pearson, a triple Paralympic gold medallist
at the Sydney Games, and his dressage horse of the year 'Blue Circle
Boy' with preventive treatment in the spa.
article by Ben Lewis
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