This section will be for any important information we would like to inform our clients about.

20th Apr 2016


Prim became ill last October. The vet came out and after investigation found she had gastric ulcers.

These can be caused by excessive exposure of the mucosal lining of the stomach to acidic gastric juices. This causes erosion of the lining resulting in ulceration, and even bleeding. Ulcers are commonly seen in the upper squamous lining, as this has limited protection against acid injury.

During exercise, increased pressure on the abdomen compresses the stomach, pushing acidic contents up to the squamous region of the stomach. Ongoing exposure leads to erosion of the delicate mucosa creating ulceration.

Treatment is lengthy and expensive. Prim needed rest, medication and certain lifestyle changes.

All of these were adhered to but sadly Prim did not respond well to treatment.

She is in great discomfort so we have made the very sad decision to put her to sleep.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fund-raising for her treatment. We did everything possible but unfortunately we haven't had the outcome we all hoped for.

We have to do what's best for Prim and be responsible owners, even though it makes us very sad.

Jane Cherry 


 16th Nov 2015 


 Have you ever wondered what your favourite riding school horse gets up to after dark?  Well, I'm about to tell you!

Imagine my surprise when I drove in to work at 7am yesterday and I could see some strange shapes in the semi-darkness on the football field.  On closer inspection I realised they were our horses!! Nine of them in all, in a small group eating grass, obviously escaped from the field.

I drove down to the yard and got some lead ropes.  I tried to catch the more prominent characters, hoping that the others would follow them back, but those chaps are the smartest and couldn't be lured with polo mints.

I caught the more gullible ones and trooped back and forth to the yard to incarcerate them in their stables.  That left the hardened ringleaders, Marley, Ed, Tom, Bramble, Archie and Strider.  I managed to catch Archie and Strider and as I walked them back, the others suddenly decided it was time to come too……not at a sedate leisurely walk of course!

Ed did the most fantastic piaffe which would rival any Grand Prix dressage horse, Bramble and Tom opted for galloping flat out.  Of course Strider and Archie thought this was hugely entertaining and bounced about on the end of my lead reins.  Luckily we were nearly at the main gate, so we all careered in at some pace!!

They do make me laugh!  To think in the arena they are absolute plods, no energy or elevation, but they all have an inner spirit that can come out anytime.  Probably best they keep it for when we aren't on their backs, I don't know if I could have stayed on.

Suffice to say, an hour later Tom and Bramble were lying flat out in their stables having a snooze, maybe dreaming about the nights escapades.

No matter how naughty they are, I love them to bits. 

Jane Cherry 




26th April 2015

Over the past week Rosie's health really started to deteriorate. Nothing could be done to improve her breathing so I took the sad decision to have her put to sleep today.  She will be missed very much. 

Jane Cherry 


 15th April 2015


In case anyone is wondering what has happened to Rosie, she is having some time off.  She is sound and healthy but for the past few months we have struggled to keep weight on her.  Although she doesn't look good she is fine.  On the down side being out of work will make her lose muscle tone but that cannot be avoided.  She is out at night so walking around hopefully will   maintain some tone.

Her weight problem is due to her age and her on going C.O.P.D. She doesn't have a good appetite but now that the grass is coming through she should start to gain weight.  If she puts weight on she will return to work.  Until then, if you are missing her please go to her stable and give her a pat.  I'm sure she will be missing everyone too.

Jane Cherry



 11th March 2015


The new Stable Block is progressing well. 





14th February 2015


Now you see it.  Now you don't.!



This week saw the start of a very exciting development for WRC. Work has started on the refurbishment of the block of stables directly behind the indoor arena. Demolition began last Monday morning and by the evening the site was flattened. I personally had mixed feelings, excitement about the new project and nostalgia about the loss of the old stables. Many happy times and happy horses dwelt in those stables. My own mare Lucy gave birth on a rainy July morning in the big stable next to the tool shed. However, the new stable block will be amazing. 

It comprises of 8 'American Barn' type stables, a demonstration area where people can safely work around horses learning how to groom, tack up etc. There will also be a small classroom to deliver stable management so everyone can learn more about the horses. A much needed feed room and a tool shed will also be housed in the block. The stables are built off site and then constructed once delivered. This should take about 2 weeks. The new block will have self filling water troughs and electricity. We will not know ourselves!

The old block was very basic since it was never meant for stabling. When it was built we had about 20 horses and that building was a storage area for the tractor etc. It ended up being used for the overflow of horses and did an excellent job for the horses with C.O.P.D who need lots of ventilation. The stables were so big they were also good for convalescing horses. Remember when Strider did the splits on the ice? He spent months in that stable pottering about until he healed. It definitely served us well, but time to move on to an exciting future of education and development thanks to the funding of Sport England.

Please note that all riding lessons will be unaffected by the refurbishment.

Jane Cherry


10th December 2014

Archive footage of Princess Anne visiting the region

Video below:


2nd September 2014

WRC turns 50 on the BBC 

Last month the BBC's Look North programme visited the centre to mark our 50th Anniversary. You can watch the report here.

First broadcast on BBC1 Look North (NE and Cumbria) on 20th August 2014.
Thanks to BBC TV North East and Cumbria for permission to reproduce their report here.


15th August 2014


After a long time off work we have decided to retire Ellie. She has gone to a lovely, knowledgeable home where she will be a companion to an old retired horse.

 She is nearby so Jane can visit her regularly and she will spend her days grazing in a large paddock with her companion.

A perfect life for a lovely horse.