16th May 2005

 

OLYMPIC MEDALLIST TO OPEN RIDING ARENA

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Double Olympic silver medallist Jeanette Brakewell will be in Lincoln this week to officially open the newest facility at the University of Lincoln.

 

Jeanette, who was named East Midlands Sportswoman of the Year last year, will be the guest of honour at the opening of the new indoor riding arena at Riseholme Park on Thursday (19th May).

 

She will also give a masterclass in the new arena with students following equine courses at Riseholme Park.

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

The event will begin at 3pm on Thursday and Jeanette will formally open the indoor riding arena at 3.15pm.

 

Her masterclass will take place from 3.30pm until 4.30pm after which refreshments will be served.

 

The new arena has cost £250,000 to build and is a collaboration by Eddlethorpe Equestrian Services Ltd and the university’s own team of designers, UL Architects.

 

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

 

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Caption: Jeanette Brakewell riding Over To You at Badminton 2004

 

Reporters, photographers and TV crews are welcome to attend the event.

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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