From 5th October till the 12th, students from Reaseheath College’s Equine Centre enjoyed a full week working as the ever-important arena party at Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS). As soon as we got to the NEC in Birmingham, we were met by the famous Olympic course designer Bob Ellis and his brilliant team of course builders, who gave us a quick introduction and then it was off to work!
The first couple of days consisted of practicing putting the fences up quickly and the team soon got into the swing of things ready for the opening day on Wednesday. The rest of the week was a blur, with so many courses to build for the different classes and all the displays to watch; the Mounted Police (who were absolutely awesome!), the fast-paced Pony Club mounted games and the Scurries (i.e. amazingly quick carriage driving!!).
If you ever get the chance to sign up for HOYS, do it! It is one of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had and it looks fab on your CV too-bonus! I would quickly like to thank the awesome team I was with as it made the whole week that little bit more nicer and I can now say that I’ve worked at the ‘World’s Most Famous Horse Show’!
– Written by Helen Ley, Level 3 Extended Diploma – Year 1.