Cally Dawkins with Twix

A brand new, all-weather equestrian complex has opened on the outskirts of Newport.

The Island Riding Centre on Staplers Road welcomed guests to a special open day at the weekend to showcase the unrivaled facilities, which includes a luxury livery yard for 18 horses, a 60x40m outdoor arena and even a 2, 3 and 4-bedroom self-catering complex. An indoor arena is set to open towards the end of the year.

The centre aims to cater for all ages and abilities and ‘The Gallops’, the on-site accommodation, is suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Each of the 10 units sleeps up to 6 people.

Being a rural environment, the Isle of Wight has always had a strong tradition in horse riding but when the much-loved Brickfields Horse Country closed its doors in 2013 it marked the end of an era having been the premier Isle of Wight riding centre for over 30 years. Picking up from where Brickfields left off, the Island Riding Centre’s owners Paul and Louise Buckner decided to develop an equestrian complex combined with holiday accommodation to cater for everyone and still be sustainable.

The Island Riding Centre is being led by local riders and instructors Tian Hughes and Amy Hose.

Paralympian Ade Adepitan officially cut the ribbon alongside girlfriend and singer Elle Exxe during last month’s Isle of Wight Festival.

More information about the centre can be found at

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