FAMILIES will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with horses, ponies and donkeys at an upcoming stables open day.
Lavant House Stables, near Chichester, is hosting the event tomorrow from 10am to 1pm.
Kelly Oliver, who is one of the office administrators at the stables, says more than 400 people came to the open day last year and hopes this year’s event will be just as successful.
Kelly says the stables are home to more than 30 horses and ponies which children and adults can ride.
She says: ‘This is a day for people to learn more about us and find out why we’re here so if they want to start riding they can come and have a look.
‘People of any age can go on a pony ride.
The donkeys are always very popular.Kelly Oliver
‘For the smaller ones a member of staff will be leading them around.’
Visitors will also be able to show the ponies some tender loving care and groom them under the eye of the stables’ staff.
And the team at the stables is getting into the spirit of Easter early and is planning to hold an chocolate hunt starting at 11am.
There will also be a ‘pony parade’ taking place.
Visitors will also have the chance to ride around the woodland grounds on the back of the tractor.
Kelly says the stables have a pair of donkeys which are always a drawcard at the open days.
She says the donkeys - whose names are Two Stroke and Diesel - are the stable’s mascots.
Kelly says: ‘They’re always very popular.
‘They’re a part of our team. Two Stroke has just got some new earmuffs because he’s getting quite old.’
Entry and all activities are free and Kelly says there will also be free refreshments on offer.
Names of visitors will be entered into a draw and the winner will receive a free introductory riding lesson.
Youngsters will be able to have their cheeks transformed into a blaze of colour with the aid of a face painter.
The stables are home to a riding school which offers classes for both children and adults as well as a pony club.
For more information about the open day call the stables on 01243 530 460, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, visit the website at lhstables.co.uk.