South Norfolk Pony Club riders learn from leading star Lucinda Fredericks

South Norfolk Pony Club riders Evie Mathews, Melanie Elliot, Zoe Campling and Kate Joyce with Lucind

South Norfolk Pony Club riders Evie Mathews, Melanie Elliot, Zoe Campling and Kate Joyce with Lucinda Fredericks. Picture: Colin Allison - Credit: Archant

Top event rider and trainer Lucinda Fredericks headed to Norfolk to train riders from the South Norfolk Pony Club.

The clinic saw show jumping on day one at Easton College, with day two moving on to cross-country at Brampton Equestrian.

The show jumping consisted of a lot of pole work, where riders were encouraged to count strides out loud to establish the basics. This helped massively with jumping technique, before moving on to practise adjusting strides between each fence.

Kate London, 16, who attended the training days said: 'I took my friend's horse, Monty, to the clinic; he's very talented and likes to take charge so Lucinda helped to get him to listening to me.

'It was a great opportunity for me to learn how to quickly establish a partnership and adapt to a new horse.

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'Lucinda took time to explain the purpose of each exercise and focused on improving specific skills over the two days – she was really inspirational and we all learnt so much from her. I really hope she comes back to do another clinic.'

Sophie Turner, 14, explained how she learned to work on strides to the fence and what to look for before the fence in order to keep a straight line.

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'My horse Ruby gets excited when she can see a fence so she charges at it,' she said.

'Lucinda taught me to sit up and put my bum in the saddle and hold her to the fence and she wouldn't knock it down as much.

'On the second day, unfortunately, it was too wet to go out on the field, but we did go in the large arena at Brampton Equestrian and Lucinda taught us how to go slightly faster when we go cross-country.'

Lucinda enjoyed her time in Norfolk teaching these talented riders.

She said: 'My first clinic in north Norfolk was a fabulous experience. The two-day clinic was split between Easton College and Brampton Manor, whose facilities were excellent and gave a large variety of options for me to use for my training. Over the two days I taught approximately 25-30 Pony Club riders per day. All the riders showed a great deal of enthusiasm and came with a good grounding which enabled me to help them gain a larger understanding of my training methods. I would certainly be delighted to return to Norfolk to both venues and to any other interested equestrian centres or clubs.'

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