Having just returned from Rotterdam where he helped Team GB secure their first ever Team Gold at the European Dressage Championships, a delighted Emile Faurie helped Mount Mascal stables in Bexley, Kent celebrate the opening of their newly covered arena.
Mount Mascal Stables is situated just inside Kent in the London Borough of Bexley. It is the largest Pony Club centre in the UK and provides youngsters in the area with the chance to participate in all the Pony Club activities without having to own their own pony. They applied for £25,000 of match funding to build a roof over the existing outdoor arena so it could be used all year round by its 389 members. The funding was awarded by HOOF, an Olympic Legacy project being delivered by the British Equestrian Federation, to help riders, start, stay and succeed in the sport. Owner of the stables, Alison Window, said: "A roof covering the surface enables us to offer greater opportunities to disadvantaged groups, facilitate more lessons, extend opening hours and finally to provide a suitable area for competitions."
Emile proved a huge hit with the young Pony Club representatives who were there for the presentation, particularly 6 year old Daisy-May whose smile looked like it couldn't possibly get any bigger when Emile let her wear his gold medal for a few of the photos! The young riders were given the chance to ask Emile some questions and after a nervous start, they were quickly put at ease by his charming, relaxed manner. The first question was "How does it feel to win a gold medal?" to which he replied "Imagine every birthday, Christmas and all your favourite things happening all at once, well it was even better that that!".
Hi, Mary-anne here with my reporters hat on :)