Florence Human and Sinead Cox, Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) students at Hartpury College, are celebrating major successes at national equestrian championships.
Florence rode her own horse Fulgencio to victory in the Theraplate Ltd Medium Silver Championships at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships hosted by Hartpury.
“He’s the laziest horse you will ever meet,” said Florence. “You’ll often find him at the back of his stable not doing anything, asleep! He’s very relaxed with life and it makes everything so easy.”
Sinead stormed to victory aboard Valtaire after a jump-off in the National 1.15m Members Cup Championship at the NAF Five Star British Showjumping National Championships at Bolesworth.
Sinead said: “This is my first senior championship win and the horse jumped really well. The aim for the jump-off was to be able to make all the turns whilst leaving the fences up and I made sure that I rode carefully to the fences that were causing any problems.”
As DiSE students at Hartpury, Florence and Sinead have benefited from a blended learning programme run in partnership with British Dressage, British Eventing, and British Showjumping.
The programme at Hartpury offers a high-quality training environment with access to modern sporting facilities and the benefits of conditioning experts, physiotherapists, nutritionists and industry experts.
Florence added: “The diploma was a really good thing for me and I’ve met so many amazing people. There have been so many good opportunities within it and it’s been a really interesting two years.”
The DiSE programme at Hartpury, for which applications for this year close on 1 September, is an additional Level 3 qualification designed for athletes across a range of sports who have the potential to perform at the highest level.
The award is notionally a two-year programme for aspiring athletes going into their first year of further education, who are studying main academic qualifications at a school or other college.
Louise Dennis, DiSE Programme Manager at Hartpury, said: “Many congratulations to Florence and Sinead on their latest achievements on the national stage.
“It is always great to see DiSE students excelling in their sporting performances.
“The application and determination of these student athletes to succeed is fantastic and these achievements are a testament to their hard work and dedication.
“The DiSE programme at Hartpury supports all areas of athletic development, and is an excellent supporting qualification for young aspiring elite athletes across equestrian, rowing, modern pentathlon and rugby.
“Working in partnership with national governing bodies, experienced mentors and elite sports performance support staff deliver a variety of technical and tactical content specific to each individual athlete.
“We help athletes grow in all areas of their performance development across a variety of educational workshops, coaching, and one-to-one mentoring.”
For more information about the DiSE and how to apply before applications close on 1 September, click here
Picture: Sinead Cox (credit First Class Images) and Florence Human (credit Kevin Sparrow)