On Thursday 8 June, Harry Meade, one of Britain’s leading event riders and a member of the silver medal winning team at the 2014 World Championships in Normandy, opened The Meade Yard. The yard is named in memory of his father Richard Meade OL (Olds, 1952–1957), one of Britain’s greatest Olympic equestrians.
The occasion included impressive demonstrations in the arena by Lancing College student riders and guided tours of the Equestrian Centre. Three lucky riders received some coaching on their riding skills from Harry Meade. Welcoming guests to the Centre, Dominic Oliver, Head Master, who has championed the project from the beginning, said “It is amazing that we are here just twelve months after starting building and renovation work on this exciting project. Our first horses arrived on site after Christmas and today we are British Horse Society approved, with 26 pupils (and rising) regularly enjoying horse riding as part of their timetable. Lancing College is an important part of the local community and our ambition has always been to make these facilities available beyond our own pupils. This is now starting to happen in time for the summer holiday.”
Pupils at Lancing enjoy a wide range of experiences beyond the national curriculum and are encouraged to embrace new interests in the spirit of self-discovery. Opportunities that are being offered by the Lancing College Equestrian Centre are just one example. Sporting, practical and cultural activities all feature in the weekly timetable, alongside academic lessons. The Lancing College ethos is to nurture individual talents so that each pupil can reach his or her full potential – a stepping stone to higher education and to a successful future as leaders in their fields.