On 29 January, world champion event rider Ros Canter and coach Caroline Moore took part in an event-filled day at Writtle University College in Essex.
From 9am to 4pm, Ros and Caroline held fully-booked coaching clinics with grassroots to 3* horses.
In the evening, they performed their popular ‘Training To Win’ demonstration to a sold-out arena with support from riders, Heidi Coy and Gracie Lovett Brunt.
WUC Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Middleton, said: “We were delighted to welcome Ros Canter, Caroline Moore and their team to Writtle University College’s specialist equine campus. We have a very special link with Ros, as she rides two horses bred at our on-campus Lordships Stud: eight-year-old gelding Lordships Graffalo and his younger sister Lordships Parc Royale.”
WUC is the only University or College in the UK to have an on-site working stud. Ros chose to add a special twist to the event, by using both Lordships Graffalo and Lordships Parc Royale within the demonstration.
Ros said: “It was a fun evening and exciting to bring the horses back home to Writtle. They were reunited with their family, including their older half-sister, Pencos Crown Jewel (also called Jasmine) and Jasmine’s daughter, Jamakin Faer Trial, who joined us for the demonstration’s show jumping section with her current rider.”
The four horses were introduced to the audience with other members of their ‘eventing family’, including Pennie Wallace’s foundation mare Cornish Queen, the siblings’ dam, and Jamakin Faerie Folklaur (out of Pencos Crown Jewel by Lauriston) who is currently in foal and resident at WUC’s Lordships Stud.
Caroline Flanagan, the head of WUC’s equine school, said: “Ros, Caroline, Gracie and Heidi gave a fantastic demonstration that was hugely appreciated by the audience. We were delighted to see an eventing world champion riding horses bred by our Lordships Stud. It’s not common to see one rider competing such a family, especially when they have different owners.”