The Nightingales came to Sugarloaf in September 1987. The first events held at Sugarloaf were at monthly cutting shows, with 200 head of fresh cattle having to be provided each month. The property was soon hosting a variety of Equestrian shows including; western, appaloosa, vaulting, mini ponies, hacking, Andalusians, harness, Palouse, Warm Bloods, Pony Club Camps, reining, Camp Drafting, show jumping and even the Junior Heifer Society. The Dream was to create a Parkland so Mr Nightingale set about planting numerous trees and flowers around the farm. It was at this time, that Mr Nightingale was persuaded to build a roof over the indoor arena. The existing 97 stables were also thought not to be sufficient, so the feed-lot shed was turned into a further 100 stables.
1991 was the first Dressage Event at Sugarloaf and it was run by Sue Jones, who continued to hold events up until the end of 1992.
The first SCEC event was held on the 26 September 1993. Mr Nightingale’s comments about the day were: “Sunny superb day, with approximately 60 entrants, very good, well run”. Pamela Russell- Green had started a successful Dressage Club and continued to work tirelessly as President. The President of SCEC has changed hands over the years, with many dedicated people ensuring the longevity of the club. SCEC continues to provide Dressage Riders with a friendly yet competitive day out.