Pupils pay tribute to popular Sheffield riding teacher

Final journey: Dore was brought to a standstill as riding teacher Anne Barber's coffin arrived at Christ Church.                PICTURES: BARRY RICHARDSON
Final journey: Dore was brought to a standstill as riding teacher Anne Barber's coffin arrived at Christ Church. PICTURES: BARRY RICHARDSON

A POPULAR Sheffield riding teacher’s love of all things equine was reflected when she was taken to her final resting place in a horse-drawn carriage.

Anne Barber’s funeral cortege was drawn by two black Friesian stallions and flanked by 10 mounted riders from her riding school in Dore who trotted alongside her coffin.

Anne, aged 83, who lived at Far Nova Livery Yard, in Dore, died after a long illness.

For many years she ran a popular riding school based on Silverdale Road in Dore where she taught scores of Sheffield youngsters to ride.

She later moved to Far Nova where she ran a Mencap Riding, a project teaching disabled youngsters to ride, and finally a livery.

Former pupil Pat Yates, 66, said she had many happy memories from her days at Anne’s riding school.

She said: “She made the wonderful days of our youth so special.

“We would spend all our time up at the stables - we couldn’t wait to get down there - and she would take us to national competitions and on trekking holidays.

“She was so good to us.”

Friend Cherry Davies, 67, also a former pupil latterly ran the livery for Anne.

She said: “There was a wonderful turnout - about 150 people from four or five generations and there were people stood outside the church.

“She brought Dore to a standstill - she would have loved that.”

Anne never married or had children, instead dedicating her life to her horses and pupils.

Cherry said: “Riding was her life. The kids that rode were her children.”

The service was held at Christ Church and was followed by cremation at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.