8 October 2012
Students Saddle Up in New Pilot Scheme
College-goers are being given the opportunity to ride during ‘school’ hours thanks to a new scheme, ‘The Saddle Club’, which is being piloted in the North East and Yorkshire.
The initiative is part of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Hoof Legacy project, designed to capitalise on the success of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and maximise the opportunities for newcomers of all ages to take up the sport.
Fifteen pupils from Hartlepool Sixth Form College have signed up for a 10-week course at Middleton Equestrian Centre in Darlington. The college takes the pupils in a mini bus to the equestrian centre on a Wednesday afternoon for riding and stable management lessons.
Emma White, the BEF Regional Development Coordinator for Yorkshire and the North East said: “We have identified a drop-off in the number of teenagers who carry on riding once they enter into higher education. The aim of The Saddle Club is to target these students, encouraging both new riders and those who might have ridden in the past, to have a go at the sport and benefit from its associated health and fitness benefits.”
It is envisaged that as The Saddle Club is rolled out and more colleges sign up, there will be a competition element included, where colleges will compete against one another.
Colleges, schools and riding schools in the North East and Yorkshire that are interested in participating in the scheme should contact the BEF (firstname.lastname@example.org).