Couple’s Calstone riding business needs to find new site soon (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Couple’s Calstone riding business needs to find new site soon
5:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Business owners Gerald and Alex Burton are appealing for help after being told to move out of the stables where they have run their equestrian business for more than six years.
The couple, who run the Oldbury Livery at Calstone, rent the stables from a farmer who has decided he wants the land back for farming when their lease runs out in five months time.
They are searching for somewhere to rehome their horses, livery business and riding school, which teaches more than 50 children each week.
Mrs Burton, whose daughter in law Jo is an instructor at the stables, said: “I’m very worried because we’ve got 22 horses and we need to move everything. This is our business, this is what makes money, and if this disappears I’m not sure what to do.
“We would like to carry on, we’ve got a good client base and we’ve got a lot of children who come up to ride.
“The horses have been part of our family for the last four or five years but if the riding school shuts down they will have to be sold.”
When the couple first set up The Oldbury Livery in 2007 they had only one pony. At the time Mr Burton was travelling head lad for champion hurdle winning trainer Jim Old at Wroughton.
Mrs Burton said the eldest two of her three children, 14-year-old Sam and nine-year-old Mollie, ride all the time and were upset by the news.
Mrs Burton said: “The children are devastated. Maisie has already had to hand back one of her ponies which was on loan. We’ve been all over, even up to Shropshire, looking for properties, but the problem with moving that far is we would have to start the business from scratch.”
To help, call the livery on (01249) 817359.
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