Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lucinda Strikes a Right Balance to Launch Angerton

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lucinda Strikes a Right Balance to Launch Angerton

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Byline: By Neil B Jones

Over 100 excited and curious spectators ( including eventing riders, horse owners and trainers ( turned out to see top international horse trials trainer Lucinda Green officially launch and open the new Angerton Steads Equine Training Arena facility, two miles north of Belsay.

Lucinda, making a rare visit to the North-East, spent the day conducting two-hour, six-horse group training sessions at pounds 85 per head in the all-purpose 70x40 metre floodlit arena.

During the session changeovers, the legendary equine household star drew a steady stream of budding young talent for signed copies of her book Cross Country Riding.

This is a practical 191-page guide with accompanying black-and-white photographs giving advice on how to jump virtually every kind of obstacle found on today's affiliated cross country courses.

There are horse and rider notes for bitting and protective equipment, interval training and walking cross country courses.

A key word eminating from the publication is "balance". Lucinda's advice is: `Whatever the jump or the level of competition, unless the rider learns to be in balance with her horse and allow him the freedom to balance himself over a jump, a successful partnership can never develop."

At Angerton she said: "It's great to see such an exceptional arena with such width to it. At the minute I'm not on the northern circuit at all because I've enough work in the south.

"My daughter is presently attending a school in North Yorkshire so we might have an excuse to come north. The arena is going to be useful for all levels of rider. It's got a really good non-slip surface and won't freeze over in the winter.

"The addition of a set of show jumps makes it all the more conducive to training. I've seen some very nice horses and I have been impressed with good riders too."

Arena owner Sarah Fenwick added: "We gradually completed the facility over the summer.

"The surface consists of the branded Economy Mix supplied by Equestrian Surfaces which is a six-inch rolled surface made up of silica sand, rubber and shredded carpet fibre. …

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