Equine students and
staff at Oaklands College have come out on top bagging first prize representing
the college on a recent outing to a dressage competition.
Naomi Parker and Isabella Wise both studying Level 3 Horse Management at St Albans
Campus joined Equine Manger Sarah Hall to receive industry recognition for
their competition grooming skills by coming first in a qualifying dressage competition
at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire.
The duo attended the
dressage competition as a mandatory part of one of the courses modules in Competition
Grooming. As part of these assessments the students were responsible with grooming,
plaiting and bathing the horses, in addition to caring for and monitoring their
condition in transportation and throughout the competition to ensure they are
ready on time and presented to the highest of standards.
Aftercare then continues with cooling the horses off and keep tabs on their
condition and progress carry out a health check on their return to the yard and
clean the tack and equipment.
Sarah came first on
‘King’ a Horse that she owns and second on ‘Millie’ a horse owned by the
college. It was the first time a college horse has been shown on the competition
circuit at affiliated level.
In addition to first
and second prizes, they were also awarded distinctions in their unit. Following
their success this week plans are already in place for the students to head to
the British Dressage TGC Championships this October.
Student Naomi said: “I enjoyed being able to experience the competition
industry as part of my college course, it’s a fun way to be assessed and makes
what we do in lessons very relevant.
It’s always inspiring when our horses and tutors do so well and to get
distinctions in all three assessments just makes it even better for me.”
Equine Manger Sarah
Hall says the outing proved a great success all round. She said: “I was
thrilled with first and second place, and the added bonus of distinctions is
the icing on the cake.
“This is the first time
we’ve piloted a college horse in competition and we’ll happily do it again.
Having students and horses performed so fantastically in front of industry
experts will only do great things for our reputation as a college.”