NEW FACILITIES: Anthony and Sarah Tubbs prepare to release the ribbon to open the new indoor show-jumping arena while staff members Juliet Stanger and Chloe Weller look on
NEW FACILITIES: Anthony and Sarah Tubbs prepare to release the ribbon to open the new indoor show-jumping arena while staff members Juliet Stanger and Chloe Weller look on

TEESDALE’S first commercial indoor show-jumping arena has been opened in time for the winter.

For the first time, equine enthusiasts can continue to train even in the worst of wintry conditions thanks to the new facility at Marwood Equestrian Centre, along the B6278.

It brings to a conclusion a five-year dream for owner Sarah Tubbs.

Contractors and supporters behind the new arena were invited to an official opening on Monday, October 29.

Mrs Tubbs said: “Today is to say thank you to everyone involved in this ridiculous project of mine. I am over the moon, it has been a long process.”

In particular she thanked the Rural Payments Agency which had helped provide funding for the arena.

Thanks were also extended to her family and the contractors involved in the construction.

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Project manager Thomas Harper, from Equestrian Surfaces, said: “We have been working with Sarah for about five years, helping with the planning stage, the funding stage and the construction.

“There have been a few hiccups, but nothing major. It went up just in time for the weather.”

A notable feature of the new building is the use of highlight cladding, which allows ventilation and natural light to filter in, while keeping wind, rain or other elements out.

Among the first to try out the new centre was dale botanist Dr Margaret Bradshaw, who took her 30-year-old horse Freeman for a trot on the new surface.

She said: “It has taken Sarah a long time to get it, so it is really exciting.

“It is terrific. It is really good to ride on. It is bright and airy.

“It will keep the wind out and keep the rain out, but it won’t keep the cold out,” added Dr Bradshaw.