The Berkshire Riding Centre is a BHS Approved riding school and livery yard near Windsor run by Rosie Lord, well known trainer and instructor of national and international equestrian teams, and her husband Tim. The site has 40 horses in residence at any one time, managed by a team of 12 staff.
The Centre is renowned for its high standards in everything from instruction and schooling to general horse welfare. They believe the appearance of the horses is very important, and everything has to be kept clean. Six years ago the Centre installed a Primus 18kg washer extractor from Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems to wash all the blankets, rugs, numnahs, bandages and socks, and this machine is still going strong. Until recently they have managed the drying using a hot rail and fresh air, but have now installed a Huebsch tumble dryer, also from Armstrong.
Tim Lord explained that, while many stables send blankets and so on out for cleaning, they feel that having the laundry facility on site is both more economical and more convenient. “We like to be able to wash our things as often as they need it for both appearance and hygiene, and to be able to turn them round quickly and not wait for items to be sent back from an outside supplier. The new dryer is a big asset particularly in the winter and wet weather when it is impossible to dry things outside,” he told us. He went on to comment that he is very pleased with both the equipment and the service he has received from Armstrong.
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