Poster-sized copies of riding school licenses in Wealden

Hailsham high street
Hailsham high street

A woman who runs a Hailsham riding school says she supports an initiative to issue riding schools with poster-sized copies of their licenses in a bid to urge horse riders to make sure they only use stables that are properly licensed.

Wealden District Council and Rother District Council’s shared Environmental Service is issuing the poster sized licenses for riding premises to display to the public.

Cllr Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety, said: “A licensed premise benefits from an annual veterinary inspection to make sure the horses are properly fed, cared for and suitably stabled.

“We also check that the equipment used is safe and the premises properly insured. Licences are only granted after a suitable veterinary inspection has been carried out.

“We are providing all licenced riding premises in Wealden and Rother with a highly visible poster-sized version of their licence so they can reassure customers that theirs is a properly run establishment.

“Look out for the licence poster next time you go riding. If you don’t see one, ask whether they hold a licence and contact Rother and Wealden Environment Health Service if you have any concerns.”

Helen Shirley, who runs the Meadows Equestrian Centre at Downash in Hailsham. said: “We want the best both for our riders and our horses and take pride in running a good riding school. We welcome this initiative by the Rother and Wealden Animal Welfare team to reassure riders by encouraging the display of licence posters.”

To check if a riding school is licensed email:, or phone 01323 443555.