Riding school reunion honours very special pair

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A brother and sister who have taught generations of local people to ride are being honoured with a grand reunion.

Mary and Theodore Conner have lived at The Kennels riding school in Stowe all their lives.

The yard was run by their father from 1925, when it was a private stables for Stowe School. Theo and Mary took over running the yard in 1964 and ever since then have offered low-cost riding lessons, to make riding affordable to local people.

The pair won the Buckingham’s Outstanding Citizen Award in 2012.

Now former Lillingstone Dayrell woman Rhiannon Witney is organising a reunion of all those who have been taught by Mary, aged 87 and Theo, 88.

Rhiannon, aged 31, learned to ride at The Kennels at the age of three, and now takes her two-year-old daughter Alicia there to ride. Mary and Theo also taught Rhiannon’s brother, father and uncle.

Rhiannon said: “They have touched generations of families. Mary and Theo are two of the most genuine and generous people you could ever meet. So many people would not have had the opportunities they had without them.

“Many people who started off riding at Mary and Theo’s have gone on to make great careers out of horses and are working all across the world.

All are welcome at the reunion at The Kennels at 3pm on Sunday, May 15. For more information, email Rhiannon at Lil_rhi3@hotmail.com