New brooms with horses

The new team at Priory Home Farm Equestrian Centre: L-R Sophie Miles, Adam and Kate Prestidge of Centre Line Equestrian, with Mae, the yard mascot.

New brooms are sweeping clean the Priory Home Farm Equestrian Centre near Bilsington as Kate and Adam Prestidge have relocated from Leicestershire to fulfil the ambition of running their own livery and equine rehabilitation centre.

“We’ve been looking for over two years to find the right place,” said Kate. “The yard here at Bilsington Priory is everything we wanted” added Adam. “Large enough to expand when required, with enough stabling to cater for DIY, assisted, and full livery clients.”

Facilities which include a massive indoor arena, an outdoor arena, a seven-furlong sand gallop, a grass gallop and 300 acres of off-road tracks through woodland and fields, will make Kate and Adam the envy of their many equine friends back home.

Designated stabling and examination rooms will be a vital asset to Kate, a qualified equine sports massage therapist, with a background including hunting, polo, and several years in a senior administrative role with the British Showjumping Association.

“We hope that having a qualified and experienced equine therapist actually on-site, will prove a unique selling point,” said Kate. “Our facilities are suitable for all types and level of both rider and horse. From eventers to show jumpers, and dressage to happy-hackers, there’s something for everybody to enjoy here, not least the beautiful and peaceful location of the yard itself, on the privately owned Bilsington Priory Estate.”

Kate and Adam Prestidge of Centre Line Equestrian, at the entrance to the indoor school, Priory Home Farm Equestrian Centre, Bilsington.

Once government guidelines permit, Kate and Adam will be accepting holiday liveries, for owners looking to enjoy a weekend away with their horse.

“With bed and breakfast facilities available at the Priory manor house, just three hundred yards away, it’s a perfect location to have some time away with your horse,” said Adam.

“We have a three-year plan to have all 45 stables full,” said Kate. “We expect to employ two or three additional members of staff as the need arises” she added. With all the DIY stabling already taken, and a growing number of horse owners already on the books to move in by the opening date of June 1, the new management team have already employed their first member of staff. Sophie Miles, from Aldington Frith, started last week and has already made a name for herself.

“‘Super Sophie’ we call her” laughs Kate. “She’s happy to help no matter how dirty the job – and does a wicked line in pizza and bacon sandwiches for breakfast”

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