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Introducing Craven Arena

Craven College hosted its official launch event for the brand-new equine event and training facility, Craven Arena in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

The newly built Craven Arena boasts a huge 69m x 35m indoor arena, 22 stables, outdoor warm-up arenas, acres of turn- out land, turn-out pens, as well as practical teaching areas, tack rooms and feed areas.

The venue was officially opened by special guest Nicola Wilson, British equestrian rider, gold medallist in the FEI World Equestrian Games and silver medallist at the Olympic Games 2012.

The launch event was one of Nicola’s first public appearances, after suffering a serious neck injury in May at the Badminton Horse Trials, which resulted in Nicola spending nearly five months in hospital undergoing spinal rehabilitation, of which the treatment is still underway.

Nicola is currently ranked 10th in the World Eventing Rankings and eighth in the British Eventing league and has represented Britain at the Olympic Games, World Games and European Championships winning team medals at them all.

Alongside Nicola at the opening was Jeanette Brakewell. Individual silver medallist at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez in 2002, Jeanette was the pathfinder for the British team from 1999 until 2005, winning four European team gold medals, two Olympic team silver medals and one World bronze team medal.

Also, in attendance at the launch event and who also hosted clinics during the afternoon of the launch was Lancashire-based showjumper, Robert Murphy. Robert has been rising up through the ranks and won the Talent Seekers Final at this year’s Horse of the Year Show.

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