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Equine Students were treated to a show jumping demonstration, near Callington

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

  • FE Equine Students

  • Nicky, Sophie and Lynne

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Equine students were treated to a show jumping demonstration near Callington at an event celebrating the newly resurfaced indoor school.

Last week, students studying further education equine courses at the Duchy College Stoke Climsland watched as Cornish Show Jumper, Sophie Stockdale rode two six year Dutch Warmbloods over a selection of fences to demonstrate their level of training.

During the exhibition, Sophie’s trainer Lynne Bevan explained how important it is to work with a trainer to develop the correct riding position and to improve the technique of the horse.

Ms Bevan has a wealth of show jumping experience, having competed in Nations Cup Teams and at Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials.

Sophie, 22, gave the students an honest insight into the challenges of her demanding career by talking about how hard she works, riding six horses a day and attending fitness sessions three times a week at the local gym before riding.

Head of Duchy College, Andrew Counsell said: “It is so important that our students are well informed about the careers that are available to them when they complete their courses and activities such as this are key to achieving that.

“I want to thank Sophie and Lynne for taking the time to talk to our students and for putting on such an inspirational demonstration.”

Extended Diploma Horse Management student Tania Nunnery of Barnstaple said: “I really enjoyed Sophie and Lynne’s demonstration and talk.

“It was educational and refreshing to see that level of jumping.”

Her fellow student Milly Drew of St Agnes added: “It was really inspirational to get the chance to see someone so good at such a young age.”

The event was organised by Nicky du Plessis, Equine Curriculum Area manager, who said: “The students have gained a valuable experience watching Sophie and listening to Lynne and I am very grateful to them for giving our students an insight into their careers.”

“This was the perfect way to showcase the new surface in the larger of our two indoor schools.

“We have just had the old rubber and sand replaced with a new improved gel track surface.

“I am so pleased that we now have a high quality surface that we can offer our students and regular competitors.”

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