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Lucky Charm For New Building

  • Date: 25/11/2011
  • Category: General

Derby College Equine students have secured their very own lucky charm in the foundations of the new indoor arena which is currently being built at the Broomfield Hall land-based campus in Morley. 

The Horse Management students placed a horseshoe, donated by Payten, one of the Equine Centre’s favourite horses, lucky side up in the foundations of the new £650,000 indoor arena which is due for completion in early December. 

Equine tutor Stephanie Meadows explained: “We are a superstitious lot in the equine world and when Payten lost a shoe, we decided it was a sign that we should be putting this lucky charm in the ground at the new indoor arena.

“Payten is 26-years-old and as well as being the oldest horse in the stables, she is definitely our firm favourite because she is so calm and reliable after a long and illustrious career in the Army including taking part in the Trooping of the Colour.

“It was therefore more than appropriate for her shoe to be our lucky mascot as we prepare to move into the new indoor arena.  We did however have to be extra careful to ensure we got the horseshoe the right way up so that we didn’t end up falling off every time we went round that corner!” 

Equine Team Manager Jon Collins continued: “It has been very exciting to see construction work on the equine indoor arena progress and we are looking forward to being able to use the facilities for our students by the end of this term.

“As well as providing first class indoor facilities for our own students, plans for the future include hiring out the facilities for use by local riders as well as hosting equine events as there has already been a lot of interest within the equine community.”

As well as a 65m by 30m arena, the building will include tiered seating and toilet and shower facilities.


Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, PR Officer, Derby College, Tel: 07951 945 665;

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