The new year will bring a new beginning and launch of the Lancing College Equestrian Centre. The renovation work of the existing buildings at Hoe Court Farm is on schedule for completion and the new Centre will be fully operational in the Lent Term 2017. The Centre will be open for use by pupils at the College and also the wider local community.
Set in over 15 acres, the Centre will provide riding for all abilities and stabling for up to 20 horses; it is located just a short walk from the College. Co-curricular activities are 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.
Pupils will be able to choose whether to have their own horse stabled at the Centre or use the Centre’s horses to have riding and stable management lessons.
Work over the past year has created an outstanding equestrian centre and was overseen by Jan Tupper, proprietor of Arniss Equestrian Ltd, near Fordingbridge, who consulted on the renovation, design and overall project ambitions. Jan will be running the Centre on behalf of the College and her experience and ideas have played an essential part in the successful completion of the project.
The Centre will have 21 stables, a 40 x 20m all-weather arena, and bridleway access to superb riding in the South Downs National Park. The aim of the Centre is to provide a first class service to the College’s pupils which will include:
The Centre will offer flexible packages, together with individual care plans, to suit the needs of individual horses and their riders. Pupils will be able to ‘bring their horse to school’ while continuing to participate fully in all other aspects of College life.
- Expert riding tuition from dedicated, specialist staff
- Group lessons with other pupils of similar ability, either on their own horse or one of the Centre’s horses
- Individual, private lessons for pupils working towards a specific goal, e.g. competition training, GCSE Physical Education riding assessment preparation
- Dressage, show jumping and cross-country clinics
- Pony Club - commencing Summer Term 2017
- Stable management and British Horse Society Examination Training
The Centre will support and actively encourage students to work towards nationally recognised awards, such as the British Horse Society Stage 1 examination
- Horse and Pony loan scheme
This will be available to pupils who aspire to owning their own horse. The scheme 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, all under the supervision and support of the Lancing College Equestrian Centre staff. The loan scheme is available to pupils who have participated in weekly activities for at least one term and who have committed to a termly course at the Centre.
Lancing College Equestrian Centre - Further Information (PDF)
We will be publishing more photographs and further details about the Lancing College Equestrian Centre over the coming months.
October 2016: Lancing College Equestrian Centre groundwork in progress