About Us

Topthorn Arena was established in 2009 and has been a firm favourite for East Anglian riders ever since. When it changed ownership in 2018, the site was upgraded with new arena surfaces and a fresh rebranding for its new chapter.

The site also houses a separate livery business, Millbank Livery, and is the home of the Newman family.

Topthorn was named after the original owner's grandfather's popular showjumping horse who was a WWI War Horse (one of the inspirations for Michael Morpurgo's Topthorn in his novel War Horse).

Facilities

The indoor arena is 63m x 24m and has been recently resurfaced with Cushion Track by Equestrian Surfaces. It benefits from a viewing area and judges' boxes for showjumping and dressage.

The outdoor arena is 60m x 24m and was resurfaced in 2020 with silicon sand and mixed fibre by Equestrian Surfaces. The site also has a grass show field available for summer hire.

Our Team

Stephanie Dowson-Alexander

Steph is our Centre Manager and also runs the Millbank Livery. Steph trained at Newton Hall Equitation Centre and has worked at Topthorn since 2018, planning the shows and running the office in-between training her own two event horses.

Instagram: @sda.eventing

Charlotte James

Charlotte is our Level 3 Business Admin apprentice. In particular, as a dressage rider herself, Charlotte helps to look after our dressage competitions, liaising with the judges and writers and ensuring that our affiliated and unaffiliated dressage shows run smoothly.

Instagram: @c.j_dressage

Zoe Newman

In-between her sixth form studies, Zoe supports all aspects of life at Topthorn, including helping to judge and course build. She is also training her event horse Hugo, and is looking forward to eventing in her gap year.

Instagram: @zoenewman.eventing