New Hill House Riding School has received Satellite Club funding from the Active Lancashire to set up their Young Equestrians Club to help encourage younger riders to get involved with equestrian activities.
Satellite Clubs help to bridge the gap between school, college and community sport and allows clubs to open up new opportunities to young people to create lifelong sporting habits.
With this funding, the riding centre has linked up with their local member body development officers and are able to introduce their younger riders to a range of activities and training opportunities through British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing as well as vaulting, mounted games and beach rides. This funding will also help to cover costs associated with young riders taking part in local competitions and experience what it is like to ride and compete in different environments.
Young Equestrians is a project developed in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and The Pony Club which encourages participants aged between 13-18 to reconnect and engage with equestrian sport.
Danielle Perez, the proprietor of New Hill House said: “Since receiving the satellite club funding we have been able to purchase a new set of show jumps which has made a huge difference to the training opportunities for our riders.
“Our funding has also meant that we have been lucky enough to bring our riders to British Showjumping training and competitions at Aintree. Thanks to this funding our riders can be confident in jumping full courses so it’s not so daunting.”
As well as partaking in a range of equestrian activities, the club has been encouraged to put forward ideas for community engagement such as cake sales or musical ride demonstrations to raise money for local charities.
For participants who want to gain nationally recognised qualifications, the centre will be offering them the chance to complete their Young Equestrian Leaders Award, a scheme set up by the BEF and the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) to recognise volunteering in the equestrian industry. This can also go towards their Duke of Edinburgh award if they are carrying this out with their school or college.
To find out how your centre can apply for Satellite Club funding, contact your regional participation coordinator (here)
For more information on Young Equestrians or to find your nearest club, visit www.youngequestrians.club