Olympic team show jumping trainer Kenneth Clawson and elite rider Lawrence Hunt put on Easton College master-class
Olympic team show jumping trainer Kenneth Clawson and elite rider Lawrence Hunt provided a large crowd of keen spectators with an educational and entertaining evening lecture demonstration in the indoor arena at Easton College.
The event began in surprising style, with Lawrence entering the arena to chuckles from the audience as he was dressed as his alter ego 'Loretta'.
Lawrence kicked off the event in light-hearted style, before then changing horses to work on cross country exercises, including skinny fences and related distances.
Organiser Teresa Swift was pleased with the audience of 140 who packed out the indoor arena to watch Lawrence and Kenneth take a number of horses through a variety of exercises on the flat and over fences.
She said: 'We've had some great feedback about the demonstration and people really learnt a lot. Everyone said the pairs dressage was probably the highlight of the night.'
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This grand finale showcased riding from Lawrence and Teresa, on willing mounts Jumbee and Phoebus, who rode an impressive Pas de Deux to modern music that the crowd loved.
The following day both Lawrence and Kenneth provided tuition to a number of Norfolk's young event riders, with Easton college students starting off the day: the experience gained was something that they will always remember.
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Student Charlotte Gleave commented: 'Ken took me out of my comfort zone and I really felt the benefit of the lesson. I was very honoured to be taught by an Olympic trainer.'
Ben Westgate took part in the clinic and said he gained a great deal from the experience.
'My lesson with Ken was excellent,' he said. 'I rode a new horse called Mr Christie II, who is owned by Peter Liffen and Ken, really made me think about my position and how the horse jumps. We did exercises at walk and trot coming into the fences to encourage the horses to lift their shoulders and I found it really helpful.'
Easton Equestrian Centre Manager Hilary Francois said: 'Having the Olympic team trainer at Easton College, especially at this busy time, was a great achievement and we look forward to the possibility of his return in the autumn.'
Meanwhile on Sunday, another top showjumping trainer helped local riders train across all disciplines at Humberstone Farm near Great Yarmouth. Popular trainer Lionel Dunning has ridden and trained show jumpers successfully at the highest level, both nationally and internationally, for over 45 years and local riders of all ages and from all disciplines came to enjoy the day.
Lionel's keen eye and enthusiasm combined with the superb Andrews Bowen surface at Humberstone Farm and British Showjumping course designer Sue Peasley's interesting track helped everyone perform to the very best of their ability.
Flyn Reagan was delighted with his striking dun mare, Hilltop Holly, who after a sticky start was flying 1.10m fences with ease. Natasha Waterson, whose chestnut mare impressed Lionel with her suppleness, was soon jumping bigger than first intended.
Local young event rider Cheryl Hunt, exhausted from a week of HGV driving tuition, with two impressive young event horses demonstrated the virtues of established flatwork for successful showjumping.