1 April 2008

Taking a ride to national finals


Two Equine Science students from the University of Lincoln have reached the national British University Sports Association (BUSA) equestrian finals.


Third year students Susan Mackinder and Sophia Lambert will compete in the national competition which is being held at Arena UK in Grantham.


After coming second and third respectively in the regional competitions, both riders now face the challenge of the three-day finals, where they will compete in a variety of dressage tests and show-jumping courses on unknown horses.


Sophia said: “I am really pleased about qualifying for the nationals. I never thought that we would get as far as the championships, so it has been a real surprise. Hopefully this will encourage greater participation from University of Lincoln students to try out for the competition next year and continue Lincoln’s success.”


Susan added: “I am delighted to be able to represent the University for the first time at a national level. I would like to thank both Professor Daniel Mills and our BUSA Team Captain Gaynor Kellet for all their help and support throughout the trials.”


Head of Biological Science Professor Daniel Mills commented: “Success at this level requires a great degree of commitment, especially when students are trying to balance their studies at the same time. We take great pride in the quality of education and opportunities that we provide our students and it is great for Sophia and Susan to take full advantage of this with such success. We are really grateful to all the staff, students, friends and family who have supported them, and wish them the best of luck in the finals.”   


This is the first time that University of Lincoln students have qualified for the equestrian championships.


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