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EQUESTRIAN: Stonar girls get a jump start from Tina
11:00am Saturday 9th February 2013 in Sport
OLYMPIC eventing medallist Tina Cook gave Stonar School pupils the benefit of her expertise at a series of clinics on Wednesday.
Cook, who helped Great Britain to team silver at London 2012 and was an individual bronze medallist at the Beijing Games of 2008, briefed the 21 youngsters on cross-country jumping.
Cook, who also took team gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and has represented her country in 10 European Championships, said: “We’ve been focussing on learning to keep a rhythm going, as well as control and balance so the girls are prepared for jumping out in fields. I’ve also been looking at how to manage change of pace.”
It was Cook’s first Stonar class, the school having had visits from the likes of top international eventer Mary King and British Eventing’s world-class performance manager Yogi Briesner.
Darrell Scaife, the school’s director of riding, said: “Stonar is committed to training the young riders of the future, and providing access to world class trainers such as Tina is an important part of this.”
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