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Taking the lead for three decades T


hey say never work with animals or children, but Pauline Couldridge has been


doing just that for almost three decades. Pauline (pictured below) is head of the Pimlico-


based High Herts Riding Centre. The centre, which is British Horse Society and Pony Club approved, has been open since 1976 and Pauline took over the reins in 1982. Pauline said ―We‘re a traditional riding school


with the emphasis on fun and learning. Everyone is welcome, whether a youngster sitting on their first pony, or someone seeking refresher courses. It‘s always a challenge running a business. However I really enjoy seeing once shy children come out of themselves or those with autism communicate with these noble creatures. The biggest challenge at the moment is coping in these tough economic climates, which is why I‘m looking for to 2012, as we‘ve got great plans and promotions.‖ High Herts has a new Learn to Ride in Five Lessons programme. If you‘ve always wanted to learn to ride but haven‘t had the opportunity, then this new High Herts promotion is just the ticket. You‘ l l be taught by


experienced professionals on safe, friendly horses and find out all about this wonderful leisure activity. Also new and available now is a gift voucher


service. This is perfect if you‘re stuck for something to buy for a gift or a special occasion; lessons, courses and hacks make great presents and the gift vouchers are simply purchased in amounts by type. The person receiving the vouchers then calls to make a booking with High Herts. The centre also currently has vacancies for its service, which starts at only £43 per week. High Herts is open most days, year round.


There are weekly riding lessons on most days, for both groups and private, individual lessons. The centre can cater for all children, including


those with special or educational needs. It also hosts a number of riding sessions for


schools, both lessons and half-day enrichment courses and during school holidays there are usually many activities and new horse sports to try. The centre has a large indoor riding arena, so the British weather can‘t spoil activities. The riding stable is within easy reach of Hemel


Hempstead, Kings Langley, Watford and St Albans. For more information visit www.highherts.co.uk, telephone 01923 269265 or view the stables‘ page on Facebook.


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