Level 2 and 3 students from Reaseheath’s equine department kick-started the academic year with a jam-packed week of industry visits and educational activities.
For the seventh consecutive year, our equine students provided a stellar service at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) by forming the arena party at this world-famous event. Other highlights included a visit to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) in Lancaster and an access-all-areas tour at the headquarters of the Greater Manchester Mounted Police (GMP).
A group of 23 students visited the BTRC which was the UK’s first charity dedicated to ex-racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life. As a Centre of Excellence, the Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (TRC) is not only used for the retraining of thoroughbreds but also as an education centre.
The TRC are industry mentors for our students and we currently have 4 of their retrained racehorses in use at our equestrian centre. During their visit the group experienced training demonstrations and a Q&A session was held to highlight the options available to those considering a career in this sector of the industry.
For the first time, the GMP invited our students to go behind-the-scenes at their headquarters. The group were granted exclusive access to partake in training exercises used to instil confidence in young police horses destined for use in crowd and riot control.
This hands-on session gave a practical grounding to the theory covered in course modules where styles of equitation and the effectiveness of different training methods are evaluated.
The incredible work of the World Horse Welfare charity was observed at Penny Farm in Blackpool, while other opportunities included a trip to the Stallion AI Services at Twemlows and a tour of event rider Tyler Cassells’ yard.
Workshops were also held on campus by a variety of industry experts. These included long reining and lungeing demonstrations, equine business management forums and training sessions for British Horse Society qualifications.
Level 3 Course Manager James Rayner commented: “Trips week always provides a unique experience for students to explore the wide range of progression opportunities available following the completion of their course.
The externally led internal workshops are also designed to develop the skills required to achieve success within the industry. I’m so grateful to my friends and connections who assisted me in the organisation of this year’s visits.”