Colne teenager re-opens popular riding school

LIFELONG PASSION: Amelia Bowker , who is re-opening Jerusalem Farm Riding School, in action when she was about eight-years-old (S)
LIFELONG PASSION: Amelia Bowker , who is re-opening Jerusalem Farm Riding School, in action when she was about eight-years-old (S)
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A teenager with a passion for the equine lifestyle has galloped into action to give a riding school that has been dormant for five years a new lease of life.

Former Nelson and Colne College student Amelia Bowker (19) will launch the Jerusalem Farm Riding School in Skipton Old Road, Colne, on Monday.

Taking place between noon and 3pm, the open day event will include free pony rides, refreshments, and stable management. There will also be the opportunity to meet newborn lambs, ducks and the riding school’s mascot Percy, from Pendle Dogs in Need.

Amelia, a former head girl at Colne Park High School, said: “I’ve always been interested in re-opening Jerusalem Farm Riding School, as the equine lifestyle has always been a big part of my life, and I felt as though I had something to offer the local community.

“While completing my A Levels I waitressed part time over in Skipton at Oakley’s Grill and Pizzeria to fund my new venture.

“I’m currently self-furthering my equine education to give a rounded teaching experience by partaking in the BHS examination system.

“When I was younger we successfully competed at county and national level. Our pony, ‘Super Ted II’, was what we like to call ‘home produced’ by myself, sister and mother.

“Super Ted II is one of our proudest achievements, as when I was roughly 10 we secured a place at the Horse of ther Yearin the show hunter class.”

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