Lancing College Equestrian CentreDecember 16, 2016
Lancing College Equestrian Centre, set in over 15 acres in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, will provide stabling for up to 20 horses and riding facilities for all abilities. It is located just a short walk from the College at the former Hoe Court Farm, whose buildings have been renovated and converted for the purpose.
Work over the past year has created an exceptional equestrian centre, with 21 stables, a 40 x 20m all-weather arena, and bridleway access to superb riding in the South Downs National Park.
The renovation and conversion of the farm buildings and the design of the Centre has been overseen by Jan Tupper, proprietor of the highly regarded Arniss Equestrian Ltd, near Fordingbridge. Jan, who has worked very closely with Lancing College on every aspect of the project’s ambitions, will run Lancing Equestrian on behalf of the College: her experience and ideas have played an essential part in the successful completion of this enterprise. Lancing College has appointed Lancing Equestrian as its sole partner and supplier to operate and manage the new Lancing College Equestrian Centre.
The Centre will be open for use by Lancing College pupils and also the wider local community. Pupils who own horses can choose to stable them at the Centre. Other pupils can use the Centre’s horses for riding and stable management lessons.
The aim of the Centre is to provide a first class service for pupils, including:
- Livery: flexible packages will be offered, together with care plans, to suit the needs of individual horses and their riders
- Expert riding tuition from dedicated, specialist staff: there will be group lessons with pupils of similar ability, either on their own horses or on the Centre’s horses; and individual, private lessons for pupils working towards a specific goal, such as competition training or GCSE Physical Education riding assessment preparation
- Dressage, show jumping and cross-country clinics
- Stable management and British Horse Society Examination training: staff at the Centre will support and encourage pupils working towards nationally recognised awards, such as the British Horse Society Stage 1 examination
- Horse and Pony loan scheme: this scheme will be available to pupils who aspire to own their own horse. It will allow pupils who have attained a good standard of riding and horse care to have access to a horse, on a shared basis, as if it were their own, under the supervision and support of the Lancing College Equestrian Centre staff. Pupils who have participated in weekly activities for at least one term and who have committed to a termly course at the Centre will be eligible.
- Pony Club, commencing Summer Term 2017
Pupils at Lancing College 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 will be 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 all pupils can reach their full potential: a stepping stone to higher education and to a successful future as leaders in their fields.
Where possible, Lancing College shares its facilities with other schools and the wider community. Staff at the Lancing College Equestrian Centre look forward to welcoming a range of riders from the vicinity and beyond.