The Meade Yard At Lancing College Is Open
Harry Meade, one of Britain’s leading event riders and a member of the silver medal winning team at the 2014 World Championships in Normandy, opened The Meade Yard, named in memory of his father, Richard Meade OBE, Britain’s great Olympic equestrian, and a former pupil of Lancing College.
Guests included Janice Massey, County Chairman, Riding for the Disabled, Emilie Moffat from The British Horse Society, Rob Jackson from the Horseback Vet and parents and children from Lancing College.
The occasion included impressive demonstrations in the Arena by Lancing College student riders and guided tours of the state-of-the-art Equestrian Centre. Three lucky riders received some coaching on their riding skills from Harry Meade.
Welcoming guests to the Centre, Dominic Oliver, Head Master, who has championed the project from the beginning, said “It is amazing that we are here just twelve months after starting building and renovation work on this exciting project. Our first horses arrived on site after Christmas and today we are British Horse Society approved, with twenty six pupils (and rising) regularly enjoying horse riding as part of their timetable. Lancing College is an important part of the local community and our ambition has always been to make these facilities available beyond our own pupils and this is now starting to happen in time for the summer holiday.”
Lancing College Equestrian Centre (home of Lancing Equestrian Limited) is an exciting new facility for both Lancing College pupils and the wider community. Set in over 15 acres in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, its director and proprietor is Jan Tupper who oversaw the renovation and conversion of farm buildings and the design of the Centre, working closely with Lancing College. The Centre meets the high standards required for British Horse Society approval. There is stabling for up to 20 horses, excellent yard facilities, an all-weather arena, and bridleway access to superb riding in the South Downs National Park. Horses are mainly owned by the Centre and are available to all riders; Lancing College pupils who own their horses can choose to stable them at the Centre.
Services include expert riding tuition from specialist staff, for riders of all levels; group lessons for riders of similar ability; and individual lessons for those working towards a specific goal, such as competition training or GCSE Physical Education riding assessment preparation. Current pupils using the facility include experienced riders as well as those trying riding for the first time. Stable management and British Horse Society Examination training are offered, and there is riding for those with a disability. Dressage, show jumping and cross-country clinics will be held on a regular basis.
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 nearby areas.
Pupils at Lancing 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 are being 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 each pupil can reach his or her full potential: a stepping stone to higher education and to a successful future as leaders in their fields.