Down on the Farm at Kent College, guests gathered with our NSEA Riding team and School Pony Club, led by their Instructor Lisa MIller, for the opening of the new Riding Arena.
Dr Lamper, the Executive Headmaster cut the ribbon on a sunny September morning and the students lost no time in enjoying riding and jumping in the new arena.
The Friends of Kent College had provided the wonderful array of new fences for jumping from hedges to walls, there was plenty of choice for the enthusiastic young students to fly over with their ponies. The arena was built to exacting professional standards by a local company and is 30 metres by 40 metres, finished with Redhill fine silica sand and a Fexi-Ride Carpet surface. The perimeter interceptor drainage means that it will be able to be used in all conditions.
Kent College currently keep 6 horses at their working Farm. KC, the latest addition was born two years ago on site.The Farm is also home to cows,pigs,sheep,chickens and ducks and is a favourite part of school life with the children who come and visit regularly or participate in Farm Club.
The College operates weekly riding lessons with up to 30 riders a week participating. Hacking is available in the nearby woods and bridleways. Pupils with their own ponies can also use the facilities and the Kent College Riding team compete regularly in the National Schools Equestrian Championships. The school is an approved Pony Club Centre and runs Pony Adventure Challenge activities for the students as well as participating in rides for Charity.