Equestrian Sport

EQUESTRIAN SPORT at DEAN CLOSE SCHOOL

There are up to 50 girls and boys from Year 4 through to Year 13 who are members of the Equestrian Club at Dean Close School.  Anyone may join the Club at whatever level they wish and the emphasis is on promoting and developing potential and enjoying their experiences with horses and ponies.
 
Half of the members are learning Stable Management and have Riding Lessons at Summerhouse Equitation Centre and half have their own horses and ponies and compete for the school at Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing.  The school registers the competitors with the NSEA, the BS and BE for school competitions.  The aim with the NSEA is to qualify for the National Championships held each year and, at the last Championships in 2015, Dean Close had three Teams and five Individuals qualified for the Show Jumping Classes at 1m and 1.10m plus one Individual in the Arena Eventing.  Dean Close currently holds the National 1.10m Show Jumping Pony Champion and the Reserve Show Jumping Horse Champion at 1.10m.  The successful Championships were completed with the teams being placed 3rd, 4th and 5th in the country.
 
Dean Close is able to offer Polo Training and lessons at Novice, Intermediate and Open level at Longdole Polo Club and enter SUPA Tournaments dependent on the numbers playing each year.  Last year, Polo players from Dean Close competed to win the SUPA Combined title at Kirtlington Polo Club and in 2014 won the SUPA Open Championship.
 
The Equestrian programme not only offers pupils the opportunity to develop their talents, it gives them confidence, individuality, a chance to learn more about themselves and to forge a relationship with an animal which does not judge them in any way.  Riding is an all-round experience much valued and enjoyed by all those in the Equestrian Club.
 

RIDING LESSONS

for beginner, intermediate or advanced riders are arranged at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre under instruction from British Horse Society qualified teachers.  The facilities include two  large Indoor Schools, an all-weather arena and an outdoor course of BSJA standard show jumps. 
 

SHOW JUMPING, CROSS-COUNTRY, EVENTING, DRESSAGE 

The School actively supports those with their own horses to compete in their chosen disciplines.  Individual training programmes are discussed.  The teams have had notable successes but the onus is always on enjoying competing and developing potential on their horses and ponies.
 

POLO

An exciting sport enjoyed by boys and girls at Dean Close with training at the Longdole Polo Club in Birdlip.  The facilities are excellent with an outdoor arena and splendid grass pitches to train and play on.  The top class HPA Instructors, alongside well-trained enthusiastic polo ponies, offer tuition at the highest standard.  Teams are regularly entered in the schools’ winter and summer polo tournaments which are great fun and they are often successful too.

 

EQUESTRIAN RESULTS for 2014-15

TEAMS

(Q * = QUALIFIED FOR NSEA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS)

WON & Q *        KINGS OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

WON & Q*         DEAN CLOSE OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

WON                     NSEA OPEN ARENA EVENTING at Hartpury College

WON                     GLOS. GAMES COMBINED TRAINING at Hartpury College

WON                     GLOS. GAMES NOVICE SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

WON                     GLOS. GAMES INTERMEDIATE SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

WON                     GLOS. GAMES OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

WON                     SUPA COMBINED POLO TOURNAMENT at Kirtlington Polo Club

SECOND               GLOS. GAMES OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

THIRD                   DEAN CLOSE INTERMEDIATE SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

THIRD                   DEAN CLOSE OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

FOURTH               CLC OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

FOURTH               NSEA OPEN ARENA EVENTING at Hartpury College

FOURTH               KINGS OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

FIFTH                    NSEA INTERMEDIATE ARENA EVENTING at Hartpury College

SIXTH                    CLC INTERMEDIATE SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots#

SIXTH                    GLOS. GAMES PRELIM 12 DRESSAGE at Hartpury College

SEVENTH             CLC INTERMEDIATE  SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

 

INDIVIDUALS

(Q * = QUALIFIED FOR NSEA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS)

WON & Q *        NSEA ADVANCED OPEN SHOW JUMPING at West Wilts

WON & Q *        NSEA  OPEN SHOW JUMPING at West Wilts

WON & Q *        KINGS NOVICE SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

WON                     PRINCETHORPE COLLEGE 60cms COMBINED TRAINING at Rugby

WON                     ST MARY’S ADVANCED OPEN SHOW JUMPING at West Wilts

WON                     GLOS. GAMES COMBINED TRAINING at Hartpury College

WON                     GLOS. GAMES OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

WON                     KINGS ADVANCED OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

WON                     DEAN CLOSE ADVANCED OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

SECOND               CLC OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

SECOND               CLC NOVICE SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

SECOND               KING’S OPEN SHOW JUMPING at King’s E.C., Bromyard

SECOND               LAND S 90cms ONE DAY EVENT at Offchurch Bury

SECOND               ST. MARY’S OPEN SHOW JUMPING at West Wilts

SECOND               GLOS. GAMES MINI SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

SECOND               GLOS. GAMES INTERMEDIATE SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

SECOND               GLOS. GAMES OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

SECOND               DEAN CLOSE NOVICE SHOW JUMPING at D. Abbots

SECOND               DEAN CLOSE OPEN SHOW JUMPING at D. Abbots

THIRD                   JUNIOR ONE DAY EVENT 70/75cms (11-14 Years) at Stonar School

THIRD                   JUNIOR ONE DAY EVENT 70/75cms (8 - 10 Years) at Stonar School

THIRD                   KINGS OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

THIRD                   DEAN CLOSE MINI SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

THIRD                   DEAN CLOSE ADVANCED OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

FOURTH               KING’S DRESSAGE at King’s E.C., Bromyard

FOURTH               GLOS. GAMES INTERMEDIATE SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

FOURTH               GLOS. GAMES OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

FOURTH               KINGS OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

FOURTH               KINGS ADVANCED OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

FOURTH               DEAN CLOSE ADVANCED OPEN (Horses) at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

FOURTH               DEAN CLOSE ADVANCED OPEN (Ponies) at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

FIFTH                    CLC OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

FIFTH                    JUNIOR ONE DAY EVENT 90/95cm (10-15 Years) at Stonar School

FIFTH                    GLOS. GAMES COMBINED TRAINING at Hartpury College

FIFTH                    GLOS. GAMES OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

FIFTH                    KINGS ADVANCED OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Kings, Bromyard

SIXTH                    CLC OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, D. Abbots

SIXTH                    KING’S INTERMEDIATE SHOW JUMPING at King’s E.C., Bromyard

SIXTH                    GLOS. GAMES OPEN SHOW JUMPING at Hartpury College

SIXTH                    DEAN CLOSE ADVANCED OPEN (Horses) SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm

SEVENTH             KING’S DRESSAGE at King’s E.C., Bromyard

SEVENTH             DEAN CLOSE MINI SHOW JUMPING at Rectory Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots

EIGHTH                  LAND S 70cms ONE DAY EVENT at Offchurch Bury

TENTH                  JUNIOR ONE DAY EVENT 90/95cm (10-15 Years) at Stonar School

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