A family-owned care home company enabled more than 30 of its residents to enjoy a trip out at a popular equestrian show’s fortieth anniversary event.
Colten Care laid on an exclusive marquee for residents from seven of its homes, and their families and friends, over the two-day Portman Horse Trials.
The parties enjoyed minibus travel, a champagne welcome, picnic lunches, cream teas and close-up viewing positions for the cross country, show jumping and dressage competitions.
The trip to the Rushmore Estate at Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire-Dorset border was an extra special treat for former competitive rider Susie Woodhouse.
Now a resident at the Abbey View care home in Sherborne, Susie helped launch the trials in 1976 and was instrumental in their development and success.
Susie said: “It was really lovely to be back here. I enjoyed it very much.”
Colten Care Activities Organiser Jo London said: “We wanted to give our residents the best seats in the house. Everyone said it was a wonderful experience and is keen to go again next year.”
As well as Abbey View, residents travelled from Whitecliffe House in Blandford, Brook View in West Moors, Amberwood House in Ferndown, Castle View in Dorchester, Newstone House in Sturminster Newton and Braemar Lodge in Salisbury.
The Portman Horse Trials help world class riders prepare for international events such as Badminton and Burghley while giving less experienced challengers a taste of competition in dressage, show jumping and cross country. This year’s event attracted 623 entries. Among those taking part were Olympians William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Mark Todd and Zara Tindall. Colten Care has been one of the sponsors of the trials in the past two years.