Tenterden teenager Ivy Parsons pays tribute to her late grandfather by naming new equestrian arena in his honour

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Ivy Parsons on The Cruel Sea, named the arena in her grandfathers honour.
Camera IconIvy Parsons on The Cruel Sea, named the arena in her grandfathers honour. Credit: Natasha M Photography

A small equestrian arena has been established on a Tenterden farm, with local race horse trainer Justin Parsons and his wife Melanie setting up the new arena for their daughter Ivy and other rural riders to enjoy.

Clear View Equestrian held their first show jumping training day on the property with 11 riders taking part on Sunday.

Ivy Parsons jumps on Valencio.
Camera IconIvy Parsons jumps on Valencio. Credit: Natasha M Photography

The name Clear View came about after Ivy’s late grandfather and former horse trainer Paul Parsons, handed down his number plates to the 15-year-old with Clear View on them before he passed away last year.

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Melanie said Ivy wanted to call the venue Clear View in memory of her grandfather.

Shantelle McMahon riding Warning Signal Hazard.
Camera IconShantelle McMahon riding Warning Signal Hazard. Credit: Natasha M Photography

Ivy, a passionate equestrian competitor, can now train and use the facility rather than travel hundreds of kilometres, and other riders from Cranbrook, Frankland, Mt Barker, Tenterden and surrounds can also use the centre.

“We started to find that everywhere was a long way to travel,” Melanie Parsons said.

Jax Manolini riding his pony, Sox.
Camera IconJax Manolini riding his pony, Sox. Credit: Natasha M Photography

“We had the basic set-up on the farm and thought we would centralise a centre for everyone, it’s not a world-beater.

“It’s hard work to keep travelling, this is more of a low-key centre.

Maddison Manolini on Fifi.
Camera IconMaddison Manolini on Fifi. Credit: Natasha M Photography

“We will start running some unofficial shows along with training days and clinics and it will get bigger.”

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