Top quality horse centre in pipeline for Selkirk farm

Ian Stark
Ian Stark

OLYMPIAN Ian Stark has lodged plans to create an international-standard equestrian centre at his farm just outside Selkirk.

Mr Stark is seeking to relocate his riding centre business from Dryden to Greenhill as the lease on the current premises expires in June.

The plans propose competition-standard indoor and outdoor arenas, stabling for 35 horses and a cafe and shop.

The application states: “Given Ian Stark’s major profile in the equestrian world, it is considered to be highly feasible that major competitions and competitors would be attracted to use the new centre in association with a strong marketing and advertising strategy.

“There is a lack of facilities in the Scottish Borders able to offer suitable accommodation for national and international competition events, particularly in terms of qualifying arena size and associated facilities.” A network of bridle paths and walkways would also be created around the applicant’s 483-acre farm if the plans are given the go-ahead by the council.

The purpose-built centre would also provide better facilities for Riding for the Disabled groups.

The council has a target of June 4 for a decision to be made on the application.