Peter O'Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse
The Peter O’Sullevan Arena for the Welfare of the Horse is a 70 x 35m outdoor arena in the grounds of the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket. The surface is Andrews Bowen GB mix, a fully wax coated surface most suitableto jumping and dressage disciplines but can easily be prepared for all arena disciplines. in September 2017 it was awarded British Showjumping Approved Venue status. The PeterO’Sullevan Arena can be hired out for lessons, clinics or for general hire throughout the year at a cost of £20 per hour for the first hour and £15 thereafter. Fully boarded dressage arena with letters of either 20 x 60 m or 20 x 40 m can be hired for £15 plus arena hourly hire charge, and Show jumps can be leased for £10 per hour (cost includes any breakage during use).
We are very lucky to be associated with the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, who generously funded this first class equine facility in the heart of Newmarket. Sir Peter O’Sullevan CBE, who died in July 2015 at the age of 97, was much more than a fabled racing commentator. He was a journalist of high repute, a connoisseur of sporting art, and a racehorse owner who won big races with Attivo (including the 1974 Triumph Hurdle) and the great sprinter Be Friendly. Throughout his life he remained committed to the cause not only of equine welfare, but of animal welfare in general. On his retirement from commentating in 1997 he founded the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, which to date has raised more than £4 million in support of various charitable enterprises. The support of his trust for this arena is the perfect way to perpetuate his name in Newmarket – the Home of Horseracing.
The Peter O’Sullevan Arena is used every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm to demonstrate the work of the Retraining of Racehorses Charity – where visitors can watch the processes involved in converting former racehorses into a new career outside of racing. If you are hiring the arena, or taking part in a clinic please be aware that during the public demonstrations visitors will be onsite to watch.
Successful clinics are currently being held by Retraining of Racehorses East Region including top coaches; Louise Robson (Dressage) and Mia Palles-Clark (Showjumping). Other instructors for open clinics (non-RoR) include Ruth Hurst (Dressage), Grant Newstead (Combined Training). There have also been some Pony Club Arena Polo schooling. Keep an eye on our What’s On page to keep up to date about special arena events and additional clinics.
A copy of the arena rules can be found
If you would like to book the Peter O’Sullevan Arena please contact Sue Molloy.