Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure is primarily a riding school, located in Wickham Market, Suffolk, United Kingdom. At the riding school a diverse range of equestrian sports and disciplines are taught, including carriage driving, natural horsemanship, vaulting, horseball, western riding, polo, polocrosse, dressage, show jumping, cross country, le trec, horse agility and stable management. History Valley Farm in situated just to the North of Wickham Market, and is bordered by the River Deben. The Farm is owned and managed by Sarah Robertson. Sarah moved to Valley Farm in 1976 when she first married. Sarah had always had an interest in all things equestrian, and having trained in South Africa at the famous Blue Hills yard, she was very keen to pursue an equestrian career. She soon aquired ponies for herself and her children, and began teaching carriage driving, vaulting and riding. The business originally traded as Valley Farm Riding and Driving Centre, but as it diversified to include more activities the name was changed to Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure. VaultingIn 1988 from 11th to 15th August, three children from Valley Farm's team competed in the World Vaulting Championships in Ebrichsdorf, Austria. Following their sucess, and a developing interest in the sport Sarah hosted a number of International and National vaulting competitions at Valley Farm. Horseball after finding out about the sport of horseball at a vaulting competition held in Paris in 1989, Valley Farm had the horseball rule book translated into English, and started training teams to play this new and exciting sport. Britain's 1st national horseball tournament was hosted by Valley Farm on 1st September 1991, with teams taking part from North London, Nottingham, Suffolk and Norfolk. Camargue HorsesIn 1990 Britains first breeding Camargue Horses were imported to Valley Farm from France. Camargue Horses are a rare breed of ancient horse from the Rhone Delta in the South of France. It was thought that these small horses would feel at home on the Deben Marshes, and that their temperaments would be suitable for all the activities at the riding school. Especially Western Riding and Carriage Driving. The very first Camargue horse to be born in the UK was called Fabriqué en Angleterre. He was born at Valley Farm on February 13th 1993 out of Cantarello and by Coquin des Clauzals.
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Turn off the A12 onto the B1078 towards Wickham Mkt and Framlingham. Follow the B1078 into Wickham Market. Over the River Deben and take the first right, (still the B1078) Follow B1078 for about half a mile, at the bottom of the steep hill turn right following the brown tourist sign to 'Valley Farm' From A140 follow the B1078 towards Wickham Market all the way until you see the brown tourist sign to 'Valley Farm' on the left, at the bottom of the hill, just before you get into wickham Market. SAT NAV Most Sat Navs will bring you to the car park if you put in our postcode IP13 0ND (please note it is a zero, not the letter O)
- Norwich International Airport - 56 km
- Cambridge Airport - 80 km
- London Stansted Airport - 82 km
- Harwich - 23 km
- Dover - 115 km
- Folkestone Eurotunnel Port - 120 km
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