16th June 2005





Staff, students and invited guests at the University of Lincoln were treated to an hour-long riding masterclass by Olympic medallist Jeanette Brakewell.


The event was staged to mark the opening of the university’s new indoor riding arena at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, Riseholme Park.


The facility was opened by Jeanette Brakewell, who won Olympic silver medals in Sydney and Athens with the Great Britain three-day eventing team.


Jeanette, who was named East Midlands Sportswoman of the Year last year, unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the indoor riding arena before giving a masterclass to five equine students at Riseholme Park.


In the first session students Vicky Newton on Teenford Soft Touch, Rachel Morgan on Jerome, Sarah Steel on At the Double and Jody Guppy on Hello Goodbye were put though their paces over the jumps by Jeanette.


In the second session Alex Postolowsky riding Spirit of Osiris benefited from Jeanette’s expert teaching.


After the masterclass student Emma Sheardown, a member of the Great Britain 2008 Paralympic dressage squad, presented Jeanette with a cut glass bowl as a memento of the occasion.


Photographs are copyright-free; please credit Mick Fox as the photographer


Picture 1          Spectators inside the new riding arena enjoying the masterclass

Picture 2          Student Emma Sheardown presents Jeanette with a cut glass bowl

Picture 3          Senior lecturer Nick Locke takes the microphone to introduce student rider Alex Postolowsky

Picture 4          Jeanette unveils a plaque to mark the occasion, watched by Clive Bound, Director of Riseholme Park

Picture 5          Jeanette directs operations as Jodie Guppy guides Hello Goodbye over a jump

Picture 6          Rachael Morgon takes a jump on watched by Jodie Guppy on Hello Goodbye


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk