Head-hunter Ed is rid­ers’ white dove

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1712310

The fire-dam­aged bi­ble at St Mary the Vir­gin Church, Rol­ven­den

In­struc­tor Vicky Gower with friendly dove Ed

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.