The New England Girls’ School (NEGS) Equestrian Centre launched Australia’s first Equestrian School Cutting Academy in 2015. Designed specifically for girls, the academy is located at the school’s Armidale campus equestrian centre and involves a comprehensive training and competition program developed by Grant Quigley, one of Australia’s most respected cutting trainers.
Grant Quigley brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the academy and his outstanding career includes almost of 10 years training and coaching in the United States. Grant has signed on as head coach of the program and is supported NEGS staff to ensure all facets of the program are met.
Cutting is a highly competitive sport that offers substantial prize money as well one of the most spectacular horse sports available. The NEGS cutting academy caters to beginners through to seasoned competitors who have ambitions to compete on a national stage in youth and open competition.
The Australian home of cutting – Tamworth is on NEGS doorstep so the opportunity to participate at major shows or attend clinics and also spectate at showcase events means easy travelling and little disruption to academic responsibilities.
The program contains cutting coaching three times a week, mechanical cow, live cattle workshops, show participation and attendance and horsemanship lessons. This holistic program integrates wellbeing classes that address cross training benefits, mental resilience and equine and human nutrition, building the a solid competitive partnership for the horse and rider.
NEGS has been entrusted with providing young women of Australia and overseas with a holistic and widely respected education since 1896. The motivation to launch the cutting academy was to enable girls from across rural Australia an opportunity to facilitate their passion for cutting whilst gaining a world class education. Students in this, and many of the NEGS equestrian programs, show a marked increases in their academic performance and confidence.
The NEGS Cutting Academy has been endorsed by the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and is just part of a large range of offerings at the state-of-the-art NEGS Equestrian Centre. The NEGS Equestrian Centre supports all riders as they work towards achieving their equestrian focused goals with confidence, building strong industry based networks along the way.