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New head taking over the reins of Grimsby school for horses and riders

A top Team GB rider is taking a Grimsby family business into its next 60 years.

New head taking over the reins of Grimsby school for horses and riders

Amy Woodhead is the third generation to take over the equine legacy at Weelsby Park Riding School.

The family run business has been an institution in the centre of Grimsby for the past 60 years.

Amy has recently returned to Grimsby after four years working alongside Olympic Dressage rider and trainer Carl Hester as his assistant trainer.

The 23-year-old, who has twice represented Great Britain at European Championships, said “Working for Carl was a fantastic opportunity and a privilege to ride and compete some amazing horses under his expert eye. It was especially magical to be part of Team Hester whilst Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were wowing the dressage world with Olympic titles and world records.

“Now I am home I am channelling all that advice and knowledge I have gained into running my own yard and I am stunned at how quickly things have grown” said Amy.

Amy will still be part of Team Hester, as she regularly competes Carl’s young horses with some of his horses moving to Grimsby so Amy can concentrate on them at home.

With the capacity to take in around 30 horses for training, the yard is currently full with a waiting list. Professional riders from both the dressage and eventing world are lining up to benefit from Amy’s expertise.

“It has been a whirl wind and my feet haven’t touched the ground since I came back, but I am loving every minute of it “ said Amy.

She was applauded by well-wishers and friends who gathered for a demonstration of dressage on Saturday at the Weelsby school.

Glenys Woodhead, who has been successfully running the school for the past 31years said: “We are taking a big change of direction which, unfortunately, will mean closing the riding school.”

The stunning 17th Century building complete with traditional coach house and bell tower sitting next to the woodland at Weelsby Park, has been in the Woodhead family since 1948.

The school has provided countless riding lessons for so many, including generations of families over the years.

Glenys added: “But it has become very clear now Amy has come home to Weelsby with the calibre of horses she is now training and competing, it means that we have to move forward in a different direction. We simply cannot run a riding school alongside stallions and performance horses, it is not a safe and viable option.”

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