Building boss tackles hurdles

Stephen Rankin, chief executive of Metnor in Killingworth.
Stephen Rankin, chief executive of Metnor in Killingworth.

HE took over the reins at North Tyneside property and construction business Metnor over a decade ago, and now Stephen Rankin is preparing to overcome an altogether different set of hurdles.

The 47-year-old, pictured, is to compete at Burgham Horse Trials later this month.

Stephen, chairman and chief executive of the Killingworth-based Metnor Group, took up eventing last year after attending Hexham Horse Trials as a spectator, and has competed at events across the country since.

He will be competing on his nine-year-old gelding Tomorrow’s Dream.

Stephen has enjoyed early success in his short riding career, achieving third place at Askham Bryan last October.

Burgham Horse Trials Director, Semore Kurdi, said: “I am delighted to hear Stephen is competing at Burgham, and I hope he does well.”

The trials are being held at Burgham Park, near Morpeth, from Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24. For details, go to