18th July 2003




A Sussex riding centre owner has bequeathed her business to a student who is about to graduate from the University of Lincoln.


Rhia Tapper (20), who graduates later this month with a degree in Equine Sports Science, has been left the riding centre following the tragic death of the owner.


Pam Brown, joint owner of the Zara Stud and Training Centre in Sidlesham, Sussex, was killed in a car accident earlier this year.  In her will she requested that the centre be handed over to Rhia, who was one of her pupils.


Rhia, of Aldingbourne, West Sussex, became involved with the centre at the age of 13 when she was seeking a base for her own Arab mare. 


She was persuaded by Pam to enter a western riding show and won both classes.  Rhia then qualified to ride for Great Britain in the youth world cup team in Italy in 2000, coming home with 13 medals including one gold for the western pleasure class.


“It is an incredible legacy to be given,” said Rhia.


“I may not have the 30 years of experience that Pam had but I have the knowledge and I had the best possible teacher.


“Pam left me her share knowing I would continue with her work, with breeding, training, lessons and eventually resuming her programme of highly successful shows.”


Rhia aims to re-establish the Zara Training Centre’s programme of western shows which will start with a memorial show as a tribute to Pam. 


In the meantime, Rhia is teaching and taking on liveries and training horses.


Rhia will join fellow students from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Lincoln Cathedral for the graduation ceremony on Wednesday 30th July.



For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

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