28th April 2005

 

OLYMPIC MEDALLIST TO OPEN RIDING ARENA

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Double Olympic silver medallist Jeanette Brakewell is to visit Riseholme Park on 19th May to officially open the university’s new indoor riding arena.

 

Jeanette was a member of the Great Britain three-day eventing team which won the silver medal in the Athens Olympics last summer.

 

She also won silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was named East Midlands Sportswoman of the Year by Sport England in December last year.

 

 “We are very pleased that Jeanette has found time in her busy eventing schedule to open our indoor school,” said Clive Bound, Director of Riseholme Park.

 

“She is an inspiring sportswoman who sets a fine example and is a role model for our students, many of whom will be leaving in the next few weeks to pursue their own careers in the equine industry.”

 

Work began in September last year on the construction of the university’s new indoor riding arena, which has cost £250,000 to build.

 

It is a collaboration of architectural design by both Eddlethorpe Equestrian Services Ltd and the university’s own team of designers, UL Architects.

 

The arena is designed to complement two existing outdoor arenas which were built when the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture was consolidated on the Riseholme site near Lincoln.

 

The Equine Department already houses 28 school horses in two American barns and has a separate DIY yard for an additional 20 horses.

 

The indoor facility will make riding lessons for students on equine courses more comfortable in adverse weather conditions during the winter months.

 

Plans for the official opening are still being finalised but it is hoped that Jeanette will have time to conduct a masterclass and a demonstration during the event.

 

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Caption: Jeanette Brakewell in action at Badminton 2004 on Over To You

 

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