Launch of the Hill House School Equestrian Club

Hill House School is delighted to be announcing an exciting new partnership with Grove House Equestrian Centre to form the Hill House School Equestrian Club.

By Stephanie Bateman
Saturday, 17th April 2021, 2:00 pm

This partnership allows Hill House pupils to access the incredible facilities and extensive experience of Grove House Equestrian Centre in Misterton.

Founder of Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre, Andrew Stennett, a qualified teacher of further education specialising in Equestrian Learning and Development as well as a British Equestrian Federation Elite Recreational coach and UKCC Level 4 Coach, was keen to link up with a leading education provider in the area.

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Andrew Stennet, founder of Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre pictured with Hill House School Bursar, Karen Wigglesworth

Andrew said: “This is a very exciting time for us as we celebrate our 30 th year as an equestrian centre.

It is wonderful to bring our years of knowledge and experience and share them with the pupils of Hill House. We have lots of exciting projects planned for the future!”

The partnership offers something for everyone, from novice to advanced horse riders. Beginners and intermediate riders can participate in after school riding activities. Those in Year 9 and above who are on the Physical Education Pathway can sign up for a riding activity during their games afternoon while all riders, regardless of ability, are invited to trial for the Hill House School Equestrian Team, with the hope of being able to enter a number of competitions during the course of the year.

Hill House School Bursar, Karen Wigglesworth, said: “Sport is such an important part of our offering at Hill House and it is fantastic to be able to build upon the extensive provisions we already have in place for our pupils. We are lucky enough to have our own fleet of minibuses which means we can transport pupils from our site in Auckley to the nearby stables in Misterton. Working with somebody as experienced as Andrew is a real privilege and we are excited to see the activities and the team develop.”

Although the national lockdown slightly delayed the roll out of all of these activities, those who signed up were able to partake in remote activities with the Grove House staff, covering important topics such as safety around ponies and PPE, riding school rules, pony tack and pony care. At each level, the children have worked towards a British Horse Society (BHS) Progressive test.

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