Several of our departments worked in partnership with Bolesworth International, enabling our students to gain experience of event management at a worldclass level and to network with influential individuals and organisations within their industries.
We have been supporting this spectacular showjumping event for several years and our students again proved indispensable to the smooth running of the action packed programme.
A team of 40 Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management students provided the arena party over five days, working alongside international course designers Bob Ellis and Kelvin Bywater, and were also on duty for the popular dressage to music competition.
The show attracted leading competitors from 13 nations, giving our students ring side seats for the sport at its highest level. Classes including a puissance (high jump) competition, which saw two riders clearing a 7ft 3 in wall to the delight of spectators.
Nina Barbour, Managing Director of Bolesworth International, said: “Reaseheath’s arena party are extremely competent and professional. We really appreciated their teamwork, which helps us to deliver the best rider, exhibitor and visitor experience at our show.”
Elsewhere our equine undergraduates took on responsible roles in the Equine Learning Zone and Fan Zone. This gave BSc Equine Science undergraduates Louise Doyle and Jamie-Lee Bowness an amazing opportunity to rub shoulders with dressage Olympians Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, Laura Tomlinson, Richard Davidson among others as they took part in a Q & A session with fans.
The undergraduates also helped to promote educational presentations by vets, nutritionists and key equine organisations and supported the British Horse Society and The Brooke equine charity with promotions.
Said Louise: “This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which will be a great addition for my CV.”
Fellow students Hannah Hardy and Natalie Gillison also received useful career experiences. Hannah, who wants to be a journalist, shadowed Bolesworth International Press Officer Andrew Baldock while Natalie, a talented photographer, recorded some of the rider interviews in the Media Centre.
Our Level 3 Diploma in Events Management students were again responsible for guiding and organising activities for hundreds of local school children during Bolesworth Schools Day. They also supported the trade stands, helped to staff the busy Visitor Information Point and carried out market research to help show organisers enhance the visitor experience. The students benefit hugely from this high level event management experience and from the dedicated training sessions they receive.
Bolesworth International Event Co-ordinator Howard Blythe said: “We have been delighted with the input of Reaseheath’s business students, who quickly become part of the Bolesworth team and take on responsible and useful roles. In particular, the results of their market research on customer satisfaction has been extremely important to us.”