Opened in spring 2017 – not even a year ago – the College Equestrian Centre has already proved a popular addition for pupils of all abilities.
This term two new horses have joined the stables, the facilities have been extended with a new judges’ viewing box, and practice competitions have been introduced; it has been a busy term thus far for Lancing Equestrian Centre. There have been a number of horse riding events in preparation for the upcoming National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) show jumping and dressage competitions.
On 18 November, pupils took part in the Brendon Show Centre competition in Pyecombe for Children in Need. It was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to practise their show jumping skills, at different heights, and all for a good cause. The star competitor was Fourth Former Amelia R – on Lancing Equestrian’s Cookie – who jumped double clear at 50cm.
The following day, the Centre utilised its new judging box, hosting an unaffiliated dressage show. There were some well ridden dressage tests, with pupils choosing from one or two riding tests. Despite most of the pupils being new to dressage tests, they all did extremely well. Star competitor was Upper Sixth Former, Phoebe D-C, who won both classes, with excellent scores of 65.65% on both tests. This was a great experience for the College’s riders, as well as useful practice for future pop-up dressage.
We look forward to future competitions in the NSEA league for the Lancing Equestrian Team.