“Having the right environment, support and encouragement is vital for any youngster looking to fulfil their potential in a particular sport without compromising the development of broader life skills and academic progress.
For children looking to develop their equine skills, it’s all the more challenging because of the time commitment and pressures that come with caring for a horse,” says Bryanston’s Head of Riding, Sophie Starr.
Following extensive refurbishment and development of its equine training and performance facilities, Starr says the Bryanston Equestrian Centre has enjoyed its most successful year in equestrian pursuits with a record number of pupils, and is now looking to build on its growing reputation in this specialist area.
“Our Equestrian Centre has continued to evolve and develop over the past two decades, with former pupils having gone on to achieve considerable success at major international events and securing fulfilling equine careers. Today’s pupils now benefit from truly first class facilities and unprecedented access to expertise that will help to ensure they fulfil their full potential – including Bryanston’s dedicated Performance Sport Programme and input from one of the world’s most respected experts in horse and rider performance analysis.”
Highly commended by the British Horse Society (BHS), the Bryanston Equestrian Centre features a range of outdoor arenas for show jumping and dressage, as well as an indoor training school, cross country schooling fields and extensive hacking options around the School’s 400-acre estate. A team of BHS-qualified grooms and coaches are based at the centre where there is also a full stable complex and bespoke care for pupils’ horses.
A dedicated Performance Development Suite has also been created as part of the School’s major investment in facilities to promote sporting excellence and endeavour. This provides ground-breaking monitoring, insight and tailored training programmes to support the growth, conditioning and development of young sportsmen and women who excel in their chosen sport, including equestrian.
All pupils who have chosen equestrian as their main sport are actively encouraged to embrace all other aspects of life at the School and all academic, sporting and social activities are underpinned with Bryanston’s core values of creativity, individuality, resilience and personal fulfilment. Pupils compete at inter-school equestrian events as well as affiliated and unaffiliated events in all disciplines. And, in addition to the School’s team of equestrian coaches, pupils also benefit from exclusive access to the advice and guidance of Russell Guire, a highly respected authority on biomechanics who continues to play a key role in helping riders on both the World Class Programme and Team GB.
“From humble beginnings, the Bryanston Equestrian Centre has grown to become a widely respected resource and environment for developing the skills of young riders,” continues Starr. “And I’m delighted we now have a growing range of facilities and support to not only help young riders to excel in the different equestrian disciplines, but also to provide all pupils at the School with the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of horse riding.”