Olympic star's seal of approval for improvements at equestrian centre
OWNERS of Richmond Equestrian Centre (REC), based at Tunstall, have received high praise for the improvements they have made since taking over the venue from Olympic medal winner Lucinda Green.
Abigail and Andrew Turnbull purchased REC in 2018. Some of the buildings were run down so they carried out a programme of renovations.
They had just started to build up the business when they were hit with devastating outbreak of Strangles, a highly contagious upper respiratory tract infection that can be fatal to horses, which forced the centre’s temporary closure.
The couple have continued to campaign to raise awareness of the disease in a bid to stamp out Strangles.
During a recent two-day coaching clinic Ms Green, who won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics, said: “Richmond Equestrian Centre is unrecognisable from when I was last teaching there. It’s a fabulous big cross-country arena adjoining the dressage arena. All in all, I take my hat off to the Turnbulls who have manoeuvred the proverbial mountain to render it to the high level of its present state.”
Mrs Turnbull said: “We are thrilled Lucinda enjoyed her time here and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to her teach.
“Our daughter Lydia had a very informative lesson and the exercises Lucinda teaches her clients are just excellent.”
Further clinics with Ms Green at REC are planned for February.