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Riding school celebrates 70 years in the saddle

Eric Nunn, owner of North Lizard Riding School, and chief instructor Janet Naughton.
Eric Nunn, owner of North Lizard Riding School, and chief instructor Janet Naughton.

A riding school is celebrating a milestone birthday by hosting a dressage event.

This year marks seven decades of North Lizard Riding School in Marsden, South Shields, providing a place where people can go to learn to ride and a safe place where horses can be kept.

To mark the special occasion a dressage event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday in its on site arena.

Janet Naughton, whose parents once owned the riding school, said: “The riding school has been a huge part of my life. My parents took it on in 1972 and when they retired, I decided I didn’t want to take the business on myself but still wanted to be part of it.

“It is now run by Eric Nunn, who is also a registered farrier.”

She added: “I have been working here for the past 14-years and I love it.

“It is hard work especially in the winter months but I just love to see people enjoying themsleves, learning to ride and gaining confidence around horses.”

The riding school was first opened in 1948 by the late Norman Hannah and over the years it has seen it’s client base grow.

Mrs Naughton added: “We have such a strong client base, and because we have been here for so long, we are now teaching the grandchildren of people who have rode and are still riding with us.”

The school provides riding lessons for a range of abilities, from beginners to those who just want to improve their riding skills whether it’s in a one-to-one private setting or as part of a group.

For more information visit northlizardridingschool.co.uk