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The corner stones of Bedgebury Park Since buying Bedgebury Park in December 2009 Gabriella Atkinson has secured the foundations of one of Kent’s leading equestrian centres. Here she shares her vision for Bedgebury Park. have always enjoyed working on puzzles

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and when the children were little we started with twelve or fifteen pieces and gradually worked our way up. Of course the first thing you have to do is find the corners which are the foundation of everything.  Well, I have started the biggest puzzle ever.  It’s called Bedgebury Park and I have found the four corners.  The first corner was moving to England.  I moved to England from Canada in 1996. I loved England from the start. I had a young family and through my children I was able to meet many lovely people.  The second corner was getting involved with horses.  I had always dreamed of having a horse and one day that dream came true.  Through horses I met even more lovely people and it soon became my all consuming passion.  My daughter shared my enthusiasm and eventually I found myself managing a yard full of ponies and competing nationally on the county level showing circuit.  The third corner was finding Bedgebury Park.  A friend of mine happened to mention that it was up for sale and on that fateful day I decided to drive by and have a look.  I called Savills and asked for details and the first thing they said to me was that offers had to be in that day.  I had a whirlwind tour and went home and pressed the send button on my email.  The rest is history.   On December 18th 2009 I put the last corner into place.   It was eventful as on the day of completion the water pipes burst.  Things are never straightforward in my life and I just shrugged my shoulders and thought to myself “Am I going to allow a few burst pipes to jeopardise this deal? I don’t think so.”    I am now working on the straight edges which hold the four corners together.  It is a big puzzle so it is going to take awhile.  The straight edges at Bedgebury Park are moving into place and if you have been there you will see how far we have come. The other thing you must do when you are working on a big puzzle is organise the colours.  The colours at Bedgebury Park are all the different activities and services on offer.   It would be impossible to work on a puzzle like this without lots of help and besides it would not be nearly as much fun and I am fortunate to have an amazing team behind me who are as inspired as I am. On Saturday 11th July we had an event to celebrate my new venture and as my guests will attest to, Bedgebury Park is up and running and we look forward to seeing you there.

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