Launch of Norton Grounds Equestrian brings two top riders together in the North Cotswolds

An exciting equestrian centre has been launched in the North Cotswolds, as part of a new family business run by advanced eventer, Clare Valender, and her husband, Andrew.

Already home to Valender Eventing, Norton Grounds Equestrian has secured a contract with Italian Olympic rider, Vittoria Panizzon, which will see her move to a brand new yard within the grounds in July.

The recent expansion of Norton Grounds Equestrian means that Clare, Vittoria will     Work side by side at the beautiful Cotswold farm estate, competing their own horses and offering a range of clinics and residential training packages, both individually and as a team.

Norton Grounds Partner, Clare Valender, said: “I am thrilled to be launching Norton Grounds Equestrian. With the arrival of Vittoria , we are really excited about the future and look forward to establishing Norton Grounds Equestrian as a leading venue for top class tuition.”

Norton Grounds Equestrian offers professional facilities including stabling, a 20m x 60m outdoor arena, 20m x 40m grass dressage arena, show jumps, horse walker and access to miles of off road hacking in the Gloucestershire countryside.

Italian Olympic rider, Vittoria Panizzon, said “I am really excited about moving my yard to Norton Grounds. The custom-built yard and excellent facilities make it the ideal base for my team and I’m looking forward to working with Clare Valender to enhance the on site training opportunities.”

The expansion of Norton Grounds Equestrian is part of Clare and Andrew Valender’s recent take-over of the family farm estate, which includes the 18th century farmhouse and luxury holiday accommodation business. With bed and breakfast accommodation and converted barn cottages onsite, Norton Grounds is ideal for riders who are looking for some intense tuition over a number of days. Equally, it’s an idyllic rural retreat for people who just want to relax and unwind.

Professional event rider and partner in Norton Grounds, Clare Valender, continued: “In addition to our existing facilities at Norton Grounds, we have ambitious plans which will further improve the range of opportunities we can offer to riders, trainers and other equestrian specialists.”

The two professional riders will be providing training clinics and residential camps throughout the year – please visit www.nortongrounds.com/equestrian for details.

Norton Grounds Farm in Aston Subedge, has been home to the Valender family for three generations. Run primarily as an arable farm, the business began offering holiday accommodation approximately three years ago. In taking on the 120 acre estate, Andrew and Clare Valender have reinvented the family business to provide a diverse, vibrant business which will continue attract tourists and the equestrian community to the North Cotswolds.

To view the new website, check holiday availability and find out more about what’s on at Norton Grounds equestrian, visit www.nortongrounds.com


About the riders

Clare Valender has over 15 years’ experience as an advanced event rider. Many top class horses have been produced and ridden by Clare, including Jollyhack and Song For Gull, and she has competed at international level including Gatcombe, Blenheim, BYEH finals, Bicton, Weston Park and Highclere Castle.

Vittoria Panizzon represented Italy at the 2012 London Olympics riding Borough Pennyz and the 2008 Beijing Olympics with her horse, Rock Model. She was also a member of the team that won the bronze medal for Italy in the 2007 European championships and has represented her country at Pony, Junior, Young rider and Senior levels and has been a member of the national senior squad at major championships since 2005.



About Norton Grounds

Set in a stunning location in the North Cotswolds, Norton Grounds offers luxury self-catering cottages and bed and breakfast rooms as well as professional equestrian facilities.

Home to the Valender family for three generations, Norton Grounds is a 120 acre farm just outside Chipping Campden, 20 minutes from Stratford upon Avon. Self-catering holiday accommodation is provided in two converted barn cottages, which have been finished to the highest standard and are family and dog friendly.

Two en-suite bed and breakfast rooms in the main 18th Century farmhouse (available from August) offer the ultimate retreat for a peaceful getaway, with a delicious locally-sourced home-cooked breakfast to start the day.

Norton Grounds is now being run by Andrew and Clare Valender who are expanding the business and exploring new ideas to make the most of the farm’s facilities and stunning location.

For more information, visit www.nortongrounds.com

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