Head-hunter Ed is riders’ white dove
ED KNOWS a good horse rider when he spots one. They just call out his name and within seconds he gently lands on their head. Ed is a white dove who appears to have settled in at the Chequer Tree Equestrian Centre, a family-run business in Lower Mersham, giving horse riding lessons to children and adults. The bird flew into an outer building with three other doves about a year ago. All of them use the building as a shelter and come and go as they please through an open window. “For some reason Ed has taken to the instructors,” said the centre’s owner Sue Barnes. “We’re amazed he’s so friendly. He won’t land on your hand – only gently on an instructor’s head during lessons. “I can walk about with him perched atop for quite a while. We have four instructors and he only seems to want to seek us out. He obviously feels secure.” She said the cheeky white dove was given his name by the young riders. “He’s so beautiful – pure white. Ed does seem to follow what we do intently.”
For riding lessons contact Sue on 07808 719047.
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Instructor Vicky Gower with friendly dove Ed