Equestrian at King's
Many of our children ride as part of the King's Schools Equestrian Team, alongside our older pupils from King's College.
It is common to hear in an assembly report the name of a rider who has played a pivotal role in a rugby, hockey or netball fixture on Saturday, as well as being part of a triumphant equestrian team the following day!
King's Schools Equestrian Centre
From September you will be able to bring your horse to school. Our King's Equestrian Centre is a self-contained yard consisting of eight stables, a tack room, feed/store area, indoor and outdoor tie up and wash areas, an office, and changing facilities. Located within Netherclay Livery Centre, just ten minutes' drive from King's Hall, and five minutes from King's College, you will have access to two outdoor arenas, a cross country course, grazing and off-road hacking. The whole site sits within 74 acres, close to the Blackdown Hills.
Would you like to bring your horse to school with you?
LIVERY AND RIDING OPTIONS
We have three options available:
Option 1 FULL LIVERY: You can bring your horse or pony to school with you!
Option 2 KING'S HORSE: You will be able to ride and care for a horse, as if it were your own, shared with one other pupil.
Option 3 WEEKLY LESSONS: These will take place as part of an equestrian timetable.
If you already keep your own horse locally we can help you to integrate riding into your school day. A timetable will be in place to enable pupils to ride and care for their horses on a regular basis.
If you would like further information and to express your interest, please contact us. Places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please contact our Head of Equestrian, Mrs Emma Edwards: EMEdwards@kings-taunton.co.uk, or click here.
Inter-school competitions take place throughout the year and almost every Sunday during the Michaelmas Term. As members of the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) we regularly enter teams and individuals in NSEA competitions for eventing, show jumping, dressage and jumping with style (JWS) as well as other local school events. Our teams are regularly placed at these events and the riders thoroughly enjoy competing. In the past we have worked with top riders including world-class gold medallist and six times Olympic Three-Day eventer Mary King, who delivered an inspirational private cross-country clinic.
Riding lessons have been offered at local BHS approved riding schools to all pupils, and we cater for all abilities from complete beginners to experienced competitors. We will soon be able to incorporate lessons into an equestrian timetable at our new Equestrian Centre.
Emma Edwards is our Head of Equestrian. She was brought up on a farm in South Wales and began her riding career at a young age, riding in different disciplines as a member of Llangeinor Pony Club. She enjoyed tetrathlon, show jumping and eventing, but particularly showing. The latter saw her represent Wales against the rest of the UK in the Working Hunter Pony (WHP) class. Wales won!
Emma became British Champion in the Winter BSPS (British Show Pony Society) Show in the Ridden Mountain and Moorland class, and continued to compete successfully across a number of showing classes throughout her teens. Emma has also ridden successfully at the RIHS (Royal International Horse Show).
Coaching (team of four horses), has been an important sport for Emma, competing up and down the country, including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and being champion driving turnout at the last Royal England Show in 2009.
When not competing, Emma’s skills and experience are in demand. She attends many Coaching Club events with her horses at venues such as Buckingham Palace, Royal Ascot and Windsor Great Park. Her claim to fame is her 14hh WHP, Fairley. He was so good at jumping he was Prince Charles’ lead horse to jump hedges for the Quorn Hunt.
Emma is very excited about our new Equestrian Centre, and is keen to encourage pupils to follow their dreams in the world of equestrianism.
She can be contacted at: EMEdwards@kings-taunton.co.uk.