Hartpury opens new equine and animal activity area

A dog making use of Hartpury's new equine and animal assisted activity area
Hartpury equine and animal assisted activity area

A new equine and animal assisted activity area at Hartpury University and College has officially opened for use.

The £730,000 activity area consists of a covered 60m x 30m arena finished with a wax surface. A 22m-diameter round pen completes a contemporary learning environment.

The arena will also provide additional capacity for competitors at this summer’s major equine events including the NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage, NAF Five Star Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular, NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials and the FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.

The covered indoor arena has been built from recycled material and attenuated in order to reduce the force of rainfall from the roof that can later be released via controlled discharge into the existing site drainage.

Several organisations, charitable trusts and foundations backed the development.

Phillip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury, said: “We’re thrilled to see the EAAA come to fruition and are incredibly grateful to the supporting trusts involved who helped to fund the project – the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Childwick Trust and Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, as well as the Office for Students who provided a grant.

Aleksandra Lipinska, Animal Collection Manager at Hartpury, said: “The equine and animal assisted activity area will provide an invaluable space to work with our dogs, not just for agility and training purposes, but also for the many canine research projects carried out by staff and students alike. The arena and round-pen are beautifully constructed and we’re all immensely grateful to everyone who came together to create such a dynamic and multi-purpose facility.”