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Quadrille Success!

Our Riding School at Deen City Farm has been having an excellent year; coming first over all the Riding School Championships at Dressage and scoring well at the BHS National Riding School Championships earlier in the year to name but a few. This month we’re adding another feather to our cap by becoming the first Riding School to qualify for the British Riding Club’s quadrille finals!

So what exactly is a Quadrille? It’s a choreographed dressage ride, involving at least four riders – set to music and involving a healthy dose of dressing up – and that goes for the horses too, not just the riders.

We’ve been up to Bury Farm Equestrian Village to compete before, but never quite managed to make it through to the final four, but this year all the stops were pulled out! Riley, Tarron, Iggy, Jellybean and their riders were dressed up for a Bollywood-themed performance which managed to catch the judges eye!


One of the most exciting things about the qualification is that our team is the first Riding School to qualify. All the other teams have their own horses, whereas if you’ve been down to the farm before you might have seen these boys hard at work in the riding arena, helping teach clients to ride!

In between their riding lessons they’ll be busy perfecting their performance before the big finale, which will be being held at the All Stars Show Jumping Championships at Bury Farm on the 22nd October. Good luck to everyone involved, human and horse!


You can download our Press Release for “Deen City Farm – first riding school to qualify for BRC’s quadrille final“.

Toilet Refurbishment / Better Bogs Appeal!

Please Note: the Farm’s toilets will be out of use between July 5th and 22nd. temporary toilets are located on the drive by the chicken area, with a disabled access toilet in the staff parking bays.


Thanks to the support from Asda Foundation and eBay, we’ve managed to raise around £32k towards a refurbishment of the Farm’s public toilets.

We’re now appealing to our visitors and supporters to help us raise the final £3k so that the work can be carried out before the summer holidays. Click the link to learn more and donate today!

Better Bogs Appeal

New things at the Farm!


Our new rare breed poultry enclosures were opened by the Mayor of Merton, Cllr David Chung today!

A massive thank you to the many staff and volunteers who have worked around the clock to get them built, as well as the Grange Farm Centre Trust and the Charlotte Heber-Percy Charitable Trust for helping to fund the project.

More enclosures will be appearing over the summer as we continue to redevelop the area, so why not pay us a visit and see the chickens enjoying their ‘free range’ home!


More enclosures will be appearing over the summer as we continue to redevelop the area, so why not pay us a visit and see the chickens enjoying their ‘free range’ home!

And, as if that’s not enough, we have also installed a new hand washing point at the Farm.

Funded by Circle Housing Merton Priory, the new sink is located in the picnic area, near the play ground, making it even easier to wash your hands after feeding the animals!



Good Stuff at The Farm!


We were delighted to welcome Angelica Bell to the Farm recently to film some short videos about city farms for Munch Bunch.

Here’s one of them. See how many of our animals you recognise!
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Horses are on holiday!

Yesterday our horses cashed in their annual leave and went on holiday!

After working hard all summer, the horses (and the Riding School staff too!) are on vacation! They’re off enjoying the countryside for the next 10 days (the horses that is, not the staff, though I’m sure they’ll be having a nice relaxing time too!) Hilly and Sinatra certainly look like their having fun already.

Due to the horses being away, there are no pony rides until Saturday 6th September, and as the stables office will be unmanned, if you need to get in touch with the Riding School it will probably be worth trying again in two weeks time. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.