Plans for cen­tre de­signed to breed dres­sage horses

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Riders -

A NEW rid­ing cen­tre de­signed to breed dres­sage horses to com­pete at in­ter­na­tional level could be com­ing to Glouces­ter­shire.

And those who sign up to use the fa­cil­i­ties could be trained by dres­sage com­peti­tor Zoe Sleigh, who has rep­re­sented Great

Bri­tain at in­ter­na­tional events.

An in­door and an out­door horse-rid­ing fa­cil­ity could be built in Hart­pury if plans are ap­proved next week at For­est of Dean Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The busi­nesses, run by Ms Sleigh and Chris­tine Sleigh, are cur­rently based in Worces­ter­shire but have cho­sen Hart­pury to ex­pand their of­fer­ing.

The de­vel­op­ment would be lo­cated at Hart­pury Mill, where it has been rec­om­mended by coun­cil of­fi­cers to de­mol­ish a barn and scrap an ex­ist­ing out­door horse-rid­ing area.

A de­sign and ac­cess state­ment sub­mit­ted by MHP De­sign Ltd to the coun­cil said: “Hart­pury Mill has 45 acres of farm­land and is there­fore ap­pro­pri­ately sized for eques­trian use. The pro­posal will in­crease its func­tion­al­ity as a high class eques­trian prop­erty in an area, which is renowned for world class dres­sage.”

The For­est of Dean Dis­trict Coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee will de­ter­mine the ap­pli­ca­tion on No­vem­ber 13, from 2pm.

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