St Kevin’s horse arena opens today

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A new state of the art horse arena which has been built at St Kevin’s College is being officially opened at 2pm today.

St Kevin’s felt with horses being popular at the school, that it was something worth investing in.

Assistant principal Jo Walshe said horse riding was a popular activity amongst pupils at the school and the idea of having a specific area for pupils to keep their horses seemed like something worth investing in.

“We knew it was something which had to be constructed, with the amount of people we have had ask about horses and the school.”

Work on the horse arena has been going on since term two and Ms Walshe said they are over the moon with how it has turned out.

“It’s awesome, it’s better than we expected. Our groundsman Alan Grant has been fantastic for us and he’s not really much of a horse man.”

Equine studies were introduced to the school in the second term this year and will be offered as NCEA achievement standards in level 2-3 from next year, and year 9-10s will also be allowed to participate in the course.

Some assistance was required from equine studies tutor Ingela Anklew before the all- clear was given to go ahead with the arena.

Ms Walshe said they were looking forward to getting it open.

“We can’t wait; the mayor is coming along and going to officially cut the ribbon.”

There will be a few different horse shows on display to mark the opening of the arena.

Sixteen-year-old Georgia Sillibourne said it was cool having a horse arena at school.

“We’ve already been using the arena, but it’s cool to have it here.”

While it is based at the school, the public who have horses will be allowed to use the arena.

“It’s to cater for everybody,” Ms Walshe said.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

EXCITED: Monique Sage, 15, with Bernie, Casey Gordon, 16, with Tia, and Georgia Sillibourne, 16, with Bess, test out the new horse arena at St Kevin’s ahead of its official opening today.