Rolex Grand Slam winning event rider, Pippa Funnell, will officially unveil a new £4.75m equestrian centre at Easton College, near Norwich, on 24 October.

Pippa Funnell will join Sir Nicholas Bacon, Easton College patron, for the launch of the new facilities which include an Olympic-sized indoor school with viewing gallery, stabling for 32 horses, an outdoor riding arena and new teaching rooms with veterinary treatment areas and specialised classrooms.

The new equestrian centre will cater for around 150 equestrian students, as well as 460 students on animal welfare courses, and allow the college to host major competitions. The college will also offer working livery for local horse owners and host training for para-riders.

“This is a major leap forward for our plans to be a top regional college in the equestrian and animal science and welfare field,” said college principal David Lawrence.

“The centre will handle a significant growth in student numbers in both areas of the college and help meet the demand from industry for more qualified recruits.

“We’re thrilled that Pippa Funnell is to give the centre its official send-off in front of a gathering of invited guests, friends of the college and staff. It will be part of a memorable few weeks for the college and its future.”

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