Shannon finally delivered a colt foal!
Both mum and foal are safe and well! He was born at 2.45am on the 8th June! Shannon will be enjoying her materity leave out to pasture for the summer months and will be returning to the riding school after the foal is weaned in the autumn!
Lauren took her yearling Connemara filly (who some of you may remember was born at the riding school last spring) to Newark Showground on Sunday.
It was the Lincolnshire and East Midlands Connemara Breed Show and it was definitely worth the trek! Linnet not only won her Yearling Class, she then went forward to win 'Youngstock Champion!' This then qualified her for the Supreme Championship at the end of the show, in which she claimed 'Reserve Supreme In-Hand Champion!' A great achievement for a homebred yearling!
We are pleased to announce that following a very successful visit from the BHS in May, we are now awarding the 'BHS Junior Progressive Riding and Stable Management awards!'
These are nationally recognised standards of proficiency awarded in 5 stages and every rider on the course will be eligible. Everybody can have access to a syllabus so they can see exactly what they are working towards!
New to Wednesdays!
Due to a high level of interest we have created a slot on a Wednesday mornings at 11.30 and 12.00 dedicated to giving little ones the opportunity to ride, its a great way to get them used to ponies, developing posture and strength and above all, confidence. There will be a member of staff each assigned to leading the pony and helping to instruct alongside the lead instructor. Parents are welcome to walk alongside the pony. They can also have a little go grooming the ponies too.
There is a midweek discount on this session so its now £15 for the half hour which is plenty of time in the saddle for that age!
Call, email or contact us on Facebook to book in!
James has been away for some work experience at a top racing yard in Oxfordshire.
He has ridden with us since he was a small child, more recently becoming a fully fledged member of our weekend staff.
Lauren travelled up to see him yesterday to see how he has progressed, it is safe to say he has taken to it like a duck to water! We are thrilled for him and excited for the future, as heartbroken as the girls may be that he has gone!
Keeping you up-to-date with all things BRS.
Following a very busy day with our Annual British Horse Society Inspection in August, Bentley Riding School was awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ Grade for the quality of its Teaching, Coaching and Hacking. This was a delight to us all.
The ever-popular pony ‘Coco’ is now back from her maternity leave, having had her foal. ‘Pepsi’ (who just be the hairiest foal we have ever seen!) will spend the next few years entertaining the children, until she is old enough to join the riding school. She is pictured here with Linnet, one of Lauren’s prize-winning Connemara foals.
We are pleased to be able to share some staff updates with you.
Alex to re-join
We are very happy to announce that Alex re-joins the staff in November after gallivanting in Australia, teaching and taking rides out in the sticks!
A great welcome to Beth, who has joined the team full-time after completing her college course, where she gained her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management and is now well on her way to gaining her BHS qualifications too. Beth, along with the rest of nearly all of our staff, have been ‘homegrown’ here! They all learnt to ride here and learnt their skills through being a helper and then weekend staff. They never seem to want to leave! Lauren has been here over 20 years!
Courtney who also has a Level 3 in Horse Management is now working her way through the parallel track of BHS Exams.
A day out
Here are some nice pictures of the staff and liveries out with the ‘Cambridge University Draghounds':