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A new equestrian arena, practice track and stables will be built to approved Oxford Polo plans

An Oxfordshire polo school is set to move to a new site and build new facilities for its members.

Oxford Polo, which has been based at Kirtlington Park Polo Club since 2011, has had its plans approved by Cherwell District Council.

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The school will move from a rented stable a few hundred yards to a new site north of Weston-on-the-Green on Akeman Street to keep and train polo ponies.

Two buildings to the east of the site will be constructed to provide a stable for 36 ponies and storage space for food, tack and equipment.

An all-weather riding arena, training area and exercise track will provide year-round training.

David Ashby, founder of Oxford Polo, spoke at the planning committee meeting last Thursday, highlighting the benefits of the new venue.

He said: “Polo has a real heritage in the region and should this bid be successful, I am passionate about adding to that local heritage and strengthening the local community so that we can enhance the seasonal nature of the sport. , so local businesses such as farriers vets, food vendors as well as local pubs, restaurants and accommodation providers can benefit from the local polo community staying all year round.

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“We have rented stables at Kirtlington Park Polo Club since our inception, but by moving just a mile east on Akeman Street to our own site, we can invest in these facilities which will provide better service to our customers, the good -to be our horses and help retain valuable staff members who often have to seek employment elsewhere as we cannot offer them work in the winter. »

The new grounds at Oxford Polo will provide a base for keeping ponies between competition and training during the summer months and accommodation and paddocks for wintering.

The equine site will also allow the training of young ponies and will not host competitions, but will ensure the training of schoolchildren.

David added: “Since opening the Oxford Polo business 11 years ago, I have worked closely with the neighboring Kirtlington Park Polo Club which was founded 96 years ago.

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“I wish to open the sport of polo to all who are available by creating a beautiful horse farm rich in biodiversity and planting trees and hedges which I hope will set the horse farm in a local landscape similar to Kirtlington Park adjacent and to local stud farms.”

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