The Lancing College Equestrian Centre is approaching its second year anniversary following its opening in spring 2017. Located just a short walk from the school’s main buildings, the Centre is open for use by our pupils and also the wider local community.
Riding is offered as part of Lancing’s co-curricular programme, an important part of life at Lancing where the weekly school timetable ensures time for pupils to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities and at the same time achieve academic success. Riding at Lancing offers pupils an opportunity to try something new or nurture an interest they may have had from a young age.
This term our Equestrian Centre welcomed Robert Pickles, a Fellow of the British Horse Society, for a coaching session with a small group of riders from the College. Robert has experienced a long and successful career as a rider, trainer, coach, BHS examiner, NVQ Assessor, and judge. He has successfully competed in most disciplines and on a wide variety of different breeds and types.
Lancing pupils Ludovico L, Sara H A, Julia S and Ali M experienced Robert’s expertise in a session which covered flat work and jumping, improving both their own riding techniques whilst nurturing the unique style of their horse.
Following a great first session, we are looking forward to welcoming Robert back on a regular basis to work with both staff and pupils.
Commenting on the session with Robert Pickles, pupils Ludovico L and Sara H A said:
Sara H A: The coaching session with Mr Pickles was a great opportunity to improve our riding skills and to learn more about the horse and what happens to them when we ride them. The event was well organised and informative. It was a nice change to the normal riding sessions and we all enjoyed it a lot.
Ludovico L: Our session with Mr Pickles was a great experience, and we all received valuable individual advice from him. His advice was unlike any I have received from previous instructors. He explained things in great detail and taught us what the consequences of certain movements would be. It is such a positive thing to be taught by different instructors as you are given new perspectives on your riding technique. It was a real pleasure to be taught by Mr Pickles and a great opportunity to strengthen my relationship with the horse and Lancing College Equestrian Centre.