Riding lessons for kids from grass roots

2013-06-18 00:00

THE South African National Equestrian Schools Association (Sanesa) is embarking upon two pilot programmes for the National Grass Roots Equestrian Development Programme.

The first pilot will be run at Dolcoed Equestrian Centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands from June 24 to 26, the second at Shumbashaba in Diepsloot, Gauteng from June 26 to 28.

The programme’s aims are to:

• Enable pupils from disadvantaged communities to be introduced to the equestrian world;

• Provide a positive experience in engaging with horses and the opportunity to ride a horse for the first time;

• Provide foundation skills that may be built on over a period of time which would potentially allow some to enter the equine job market after school; and

• Enable privileged riders to give something back to their local communities in a structured manner and at grass roots level.

The children attending the pilot at Lidgetton in the KZN Midlands are from Shea O’Connor Combined School in Nottingham Road. There will be 18 pupils who have been identified by the headmistress as having tried hard with their school work and contributed positively to the school environment. They will be accompanied for the duration of the programme by a member of the school staff.

Once the programmes are complete, the National Blueprint will be finalised, ready for roll-out in the fourth quarter of 2013 and into 2014 and beyond. Sanesa is in its 10th year of existence and has over 4 000 active riders nationwide representing some 1 200 schools.

It co-ordinates the various horse riding disciplines for children and is a member association of the South African Equestrian Federation (SAEF), which operates under the aegis of Sascoc (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee).

For more information, contact Rhian Capostagno on dolcoed

stud@gmail.com or 082 805 1240, or on Jacky@shumbashaba.co.za or 082 872 9265.

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