Masta yard of the year

By: Horse Deals

Masta yard of the year
Masta yard of the year

The winner of the Masta Yard of the Year has been announced as Codden Hill Equestrian Centre from Barnstaple, Devon

Masta launched the search to find the UK’s best yard with the aim of finding a yard that stood out from the crowd for fun, friendliness and facilities. The search prompted a great response with yards going that extra mile to tell Masta all about themselves.

Based in Barnstaple, Codden Hill Equestrian Centre really shone for the effort and kindness the yard showed. Having opened just over a year ago, the team on the yard has worked tremendously hard to ensure all the horses and owners enjoy the set up and get the most out of the wonderful facilities.  Each horse owner shared with Masta, their personal view of the yard and what it means to them.

With a great mix of liveries of all ages and levels from happy hackers to riding club members and competition riders, the yards allows everyone to support each other in their efforts.

The team supplied a host of photographs with their submission providing a real insight into the care of the horses and the great activities on offer. Whether it’s hacking around the country or having a chat in the comfy chairs with a cup of tea, there is always something going on at this yard.

The yard, which opened with help from funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007 - 2013 regularly arranges activities such as fun rides, trips to the beach and visits to equestrian events. Functions are also put on at the yard to get liveries and their families involved to benefit the yard, and include fundraising and BBQ’s in the summer, as well as activities to improve the yard like stone picking and painting jumps. 

Richard Lawrence of Masta said: "We are very pleased that Codden Hill Equestrian Centre has won, it really is an amazing yard. "We were delighted with the number of entries, and the very high standard. Masta would like to thank all those that entered the competition and wish them all the best for the future."


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For winning the best yard, Codden Hill Equestrian Centre has been treated to a winter wardrobe from Masta to the value of £1,000. The yard has received a range of rugs from turnout to stable, fleeces and travel.