Case Study: Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre
Gloucestershire, Area 18
Situated in Dursley, Gloucestershire, Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre is run jointly by sisters Renee and Naomi Watkins and became a BRC Centre in late 2012.
After some initial planning by the Team and Centre Coordinator Nikki Secker (a qualified instructor at Tumpy Green), a launch evening was set up at a large local tack shop. Nikki took on the important role as Centre Coordinator because she thoroughly enjoys teaching adults returning to riding after a break, or those starting riding for the first time. She has a wealth of experience in this type of role, running Tumpy Green’s successful Pony Club Centre.
“2013 was a busy year for Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre with the launch of the Tumpy Green BRC Riding Club Centre," says Nikki. "In late summer 2012, a group of adults got together to talk about what they wanted to see at the Equestrian Centre. The result of this has been the new Riding Club Centre. The launch date was set for 24 January 2013 and it was all systems go.
"We wanted to put together a programme that reflected the diverse interests of the group, and that has certainly been achieved. Over the last six months, Riding Club Centre members have taken part in the following activities: a Badminton International Horse Trials course walk, large animal rescue training with the Gloucestershire Fire Service, bomb-proofing your horse, team combined training competitions, a scavenger hunt competition, Broom Polo, regular monthly lessons, a Trailer Towing Workshop and an Adults Summer Camp.
“With over 60 people attending our launch event at Stroud Saddlery and over 40 members signing up on the spot, there is no stopping us! The Tumpy Green BRC Riding Club members are looking forward to sharing experiences and enjoying their shared passion for horses, with horse-owning members, non-horse-owning members, members who do ride and members who don’t ride - this really is a club where everyone can get involved.”
The Centre was so pleased with the launch that they decided to set up their own Facebook page specifically for the Riding Club Centre, following a new member’s suggestion.
In April 2013, Tumpy Green EC held a very successful open evening to celebrate Tumpy Green’s 10 years in business as a BHS Approved Establishment. The Centre put on a whole range of interesting activities for their clients to watch and take part in, including a musical quadrille, broom polo match, horse McTimony chiropractic, shoeing and driving demonstrations, plus Shetland pony and polecat racing. The Friends of Tumpy Green, a group of volunteers who fundraise for, socialise with and support the Centre, supported the evening with a whole host of fundraising activities.
Nikki Secker, Centre Co-ordinator
The Riding Club Centre has done so much for us at Tumpy Green. It has given a real energy to our adult riders, and the unmounted events are great for the whole family to get involved in.