Ladymire centre back open for business

Raring to go: Senior instructor Michelle Lynch, along with trainee instructors Marie Sutherland and Sarah Gauld at the fully re-opened Ladymire Equestrian Centre
Raring to go: Senior instructor Michelle Lynch, along with trainee instructors Marie Sutherland and Sarah Gauld at the fully re-opened Ladymire Equestrian Centre

An Ellon horseriding centre has bounced back from near-catastrophe last winter, with the message that it is very much back open for business again.

The weight of last December’s heavy snows caused the roof of the main stable block to come crashing down, leaving 22 horses trapped. Although all the horses were safe, owners Raymond Strachan and Naomi Watson faced a mammoth task to clear up and then build a new stable block on the site at Ladymire Farm, just off the A90 Ellon bypass.

“When the roof came down, the Ellon fire crews were fantastic”, said owner Mr Strachan. “They did a fantastic job rescuing the horses and in helping to make the building safe. Our landlords, Mr & Mrs Bruce, also deserve our thanks for their involvement in helping to reconstruct the centre. Their backing and that of the team and our liveries who remained sustained us through a very difficult period.”

The centre, which offers group riding for children and adults, clubs, businesses and liveries, has been on the site for eight years. It also serves as a base for the Buchan Riding for the Disabled Group, which provides an essential service in the North East for deserving and disabled children and adults, as a form of therapy and relaxation.