Our equestrian centre was opened in 2003, where we focus on safety and training for our residential students. The facility was set up so our students could combine their love of equestrian with their academic life.
Students come from all over Australia and overseas to participate in our Equestrian programme, which is based around the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, showjumping and eventing and is considered to be one of the best school based Equestrian programmes nationally.
Students join the programme with varied levels of equestrian skills and goals, wishing to combine their equestrian passion with their academic studies. The students in the residential equestrian programme receive agistment for their horse and coaching twice a week in small group sessions and the opportunity to ride before and after school.
We also develop our student’s knowledge in horse health and care. Our Equestrian Team has been highly successful in Interschool competitions, as will as individuals, when competing at official EA event and other equestrian competitions. Not all of our riders wish to compete but they all have a passion for their horses and developing their knowledge.
The SCOTS PGC College Equestrian Centre is located on the main College campus and allows our equestrian students to access the facilities with minimum disruption to their daily school routine.
Our Equine facilities include:
- 60 x 20 enclosed sand area
- 60 x 30 sand arena
- 21 top quality enclosed shelters and yards with automatic waterers
- 7 sheltered turnout yards
- Showjumping arena with training jumps
- Tack room with 25 individual storage units
- Feed shed with commercial washing machine for students use
- 4 horse wash down area
- Tacking up bays
- Designated loading and unloading area
- Round yard
The John Muir Sports Centre alongside the Equestrian Centre provides students with showers and toilets.
Head of Equestrian
Mr Richard King was appointed Head of Equestrian at the start of 2010. Under Mr King’s guidance our Equestrian Team continues to be well represented at both State and National Interschool level, winning Interschool Queensland team of the year in 2012 and Interschool Queensland School of the year in 2013.
Richard’s coaching style aims to instil confidence in his riders with underpinning knowledge, in whatever discipline they may choose and to whatever level they aspire. Having competed to advanced level eventing and Grand Prix dressage in UK before moving to Australia in 1993 where he competed at Grand Prix dressage. Richard has also trained riders to an elite level in both dressage and eventing, over equestrian career that spans some 30+ years, he now applies the same training methods which helped him achieve great success to our students.
Mr King has been a National Dressage selector for Australia, as well as Chef d’Equipe to the Queensland Interschool team, from 2010 to 2014. He is also a level II eventing technical delegate and an eventing EA steward and currently holds a position on the Queensland Eventing committee and has been involved with the elite level of equestrian competition since the early 1980’s, either as a competitor, coach or administrator.