Lancing Equestrian Newsletter Summer 2018

 

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Newsletter Summer 2018 Success for all in the internal show jumping competitioTnhe floodlit outdoor arena is perfect for schooling all year round Opportunity and Progress As we look ahead to the summer term, the second for the Equestrian Centre at Lancing College, I thought I would share some of the highlights with you since the arrival of the first horses just over a year ago. There has been much to celebrate including the official opening of the Centre by Harry Meade, one of Britain’s leading event riders, the formation of our equine team and entry in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Competition League and our accreditation to the British Horse Society and approval as a Pony Club Linked Centre. With 30 pupils regularly enjoying horse riding as part of their weekly timetable, the future certainly looks exciting for all things equestrian! commitment and determination to improve their riding skills. The introduction of the ‘Most Improved Rider’ award has provided many a lively debate for Centre staff and celebrates effort and achievement of our riders. See inside for recent recipients of this award. As an important part of the local community, Lancing College’s ambition has always been to make the Equestrian facilities available beyond our own pupils. We have been delighted to welcome members of the public, both as members of the Pony Club and as recreational riders and I extend a very warm welcome to our new liveries at the Centre. We have many activities planned over the summer months for all of our riders; I look forward to seeing you. Jan Tupper, Director, Lancing Equestrian We have further developed our facilities with the addition of a new judges’ box, a sheltered viewing area and this past week, The Lancing Association have kindly offered to fund a handmade mounting block for us which is greatly appreciated. There have been some notable successes this term and I would like to congratulate the pupils who have all shown Pupils enjoy a master class with Harry Meade at the official opening of the equestrian facilities

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Calling all aspiring riders We are delighted to be a Pony Club Linked Centre and have a membership which is growing fast. We currently offer weekly sessions for riders who don’t own their own pony, with additional activities available during school holidays and on some evenings. The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation for those interested in ponies and riding and aims to encourage young people to ride and learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding. Our Pony Club sessions offer riders the opportunity to:  Improve their riding and horse care skills  Complete a range of Pony Club Tests and Achievement Badges  Ride, socialise and form new friendships  Have fun in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As part of strengthening our links with the wider community we have been pleased to welcome Pony Club members from other centres across the South of England, who have enjoyed hacking and clinics with our experienced instructor team. General information about the Pony Club is available at www.pcuk.org or if you are interested in the Lancing Equestrian Pony Club activities, please contact us at Reception, details on the back page. News from the yard Natalie Crouch, Instructor & Yard Manager It has been over a year now that we have been at Lancing Equestrian and everyone involved has loved every second of it. Over the months we have seen more and more people visit the Centre, not just from the college but the public as well. We have also welcomed new liveries to the yard and some new horses and ponies to our team. The pupils from the college have been dedicated to their lessons over the terms and the number of pupils that we attend weekly continues to grow. Pupils come to us with various levels of experience, some who have never ridden before and others who are in competition training. We have a range of ponies and horses available to accommodate all levels of riding abilities. We now have a team that are members of the National Schools League Association (NSEA). a wide range of lessons, stable management sessions, hacking and many different livery packages to the public. 2018 is proving to be a good year so far as we have welcomed new clients through our door and our Pony Club has grown in numbers. Easter proved a fun and busy few weeks with pony mornings, show jumping clinics and competitions, mounted games and Easter egg hunts. We are very excited for what the next few months have to offer and our summer schedule includes dressage and show jumping clinics and shows, pony mornings and a Pony Day Camp over the summer holidays, as well as our usual lessons and hacks. Please do get in touch with either Jan or myself if you would like to join us for any of these activities. During the Lent term we entered a few Pop Up Dressage Competitions with the NSEA League giving pupils the chance to start to experience what competing is all about. We are very excited for what the future has to hold for some of the horse and pupil combinations that we currently have riding with us, as they are showing some great potential in the arena. We are delighted to be an official Pony Club centre and as well as providing weekly Pony Club sessions we offer Mr Gadget 2 Arthur Lady

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Some of the highlights from our first year Harry Meade (second from L) with Jan Tupper, Director of Lancing Equestrian (second from R) and Centre staff at the official opening of the Meade Yard. Harry is one of Britain’s leading event riders and a member of the silver medal winning team at the 2014 World Championships. The yard is named in memory of his father Richard Meade OL (Olds, 1952–1957), one of Britain’s greatest Olympic equestrians. The super star pony Willow played a starring role at Founders Day 2017, not putting a hoof wrong! The ‘Most Improved Rider’ award is presented termly and is open to all riders from the College. Irrespective of whether the individual is a beginner or a more advanced rider, the award recognises the hard work shown across the term. Congratulations to Fifth Former Julius O with Arthur and Third Former Sofia R, seen here with Diesel, who were our Advent and Lent Term recipients respectively. In the Advent Term 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 who jumped double clear at 50cm on Lancing Equestrian’s Cookie. Heading home after a great cross country training session at Tenantry in the New Forest 3

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A glorious spring afternoon on the South Downs The sun was shining, skylarks singing and a warm breeze blowing. There was an air of excitement and anticipation as this was to be our first hack out onto the Downs to celebrate a couple of birthdays. Old equine friendships were renewed as we headed out onto some of the most spectacular riding country imaginable. As we headed up further from the yard, the rolling hills seemed to go on forever in front of us, whilst behind us you could see for miles out to sea. Such contrasts to the nearby urban areas of Worthing and Brighton. We enjoyed exhilarating canters and had ample opportunity to admire the new-born lambs in the fields beside us. Despite the incredibly wet winter the riding conditions were almost perfect under hoof and could be fully enjoyed with our wellmatched mounts. If you are looking for the combination of spectacular views and amazing horses, then look no further than Lancing Equestrian. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable time - as my daughter said, the long journey was worth it for the first canter alone! It was a memorable birthday celebration that did not disappoint. Article and photograph provided by Mrs E Weeks, visitor to Lancing Equestrian Dates for your diary Tuesday 24 April Lessons resume for pupils Wednesday 30 May Pony Morning 9am - 12noon Thursday 31 May Dressage Day 9am - 4pm. Clinic and Show Friday 1 June Show Jumping Day 9am - 4pm. Clinic and Show Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 Aug Pony Camp 9am - 4pm Keep in touch Keep up to date with our latest news and upcoming events at www.lancingequestrian.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @LancingEquestri Lancing Equestrian Ltd Hoe Court Farm Hoe Court Lancing West Sussex BN15 0QX Appointed by Lancing College as sole partner for Lancing College Equestrian Centre 4 Tel: 07483 911825 Email: info@lancingequestrian.co.uk Twitter: @LancingEquestri Website: www.lancingequestrian.co.uk

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