Sponsorship from saddlery makes students safer

With roads becoming increasingly busy in Surrey, it is important that horse-riders are trained to be able to ride safely. Pupils at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School have had the opportunity to learn these skills thanks to sponsorship from Ingatestone Saddlery Centre.

Six pupils have completed the BHS Riding and Road Safety course as a result of the sponsorship and it is hoped this will pave the way for more pupils to follow suit in future.

As well as the generous donation of £300 towards the direct costs of the course, a huge amount of support was required from staff at the school. The maintenance team constructed traffic lights and road signs in the school grounds to create a realistic road environment for training sessions. Irini Economou and her team of riding instructors provided training sessions and practical demonstrations of riding in road conditions. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the course and were highly enthusiastic through every stage of their training.

Stable Manager Irini Economou commented “This course has raised pupils’ awareness of the importance on riding on the road safely and given them the knowledge necessary to do so. This means that they can now safely access a wider choice of rides in the area which will allow them to further develop their riding skills.”

She continues “The next step is to provide this training to more pupils so we are seeking a sponsor for our next course.”

The Bursar of the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Diana Bromley, presented pupils with their certificates at a ceremony in February.
February 2012

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