Trip Week 2016 concluded with visits to horse feed manufacturers Forageplus and to Michael Owen’s racing yard, Manor House Stables.

Students were able to gain valuable insight into the feed and supplement industry when they met Founder of Forageplus, Sarah Braithwaite who discussed the evolution of her company and offered career advice.

Leading the visit at Manor House Stables was Colin Gorman, who as Assistant Trainer to Tom Dascombe as overseen this well-respected racing establishment since 2009.

The day began with a guided tour of the yard which boasts American barn stabling to accommodate over 100 racehorses, several all-weather Safetrack gallops and state-of-the-art equipment such as a heated horse walker and an equine swimming pool.

Students were accompanied by Reaseheath’s Equine Events Coordinator Heather Cooper, who said:

“Colin explained in detail the way in which each facility is used to benefit training, fitness or rehabilitation. He outlined the importance of daily routine and how this is tailored to meet the needs of each individual horse. Colin is passionate about encouraging young people who have an interest in the racing industry, he was able to offer career advice and answer any questions that students may have.”

During this half-day visit, students were invited to view the yard’s on-site Veterinary Centre which is headed up by Matthew O’Donnell, MRCVS. The ability to treat horses at this purpose-built centre reduces the stress often caused to horses during transportation.

Holly Ryan has just enrolled on our Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management and hopes to secure work as an international groom in the future. Holly found the visit to Manor House Stables both educational and inspiring.

“As a new equine student, I found this trip gave me a real insight into the racing industry and what it takes to produce a winner. Every visit I have attended this week has been beneficial but, from a career point-of-view, it was interesting to see what the team at Manor House Stables look for in a potential groom,” said Holly.