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Working Abroad – Camp America

There are hundreds of opportunities around the world to gain invaluable experiences both in life and your chosen area of interest. I was lucky enough to find one of these opportunities in 2009 with Camp America and Camp Rim Rock for Girls in Yellow Spring, West Virginia, USA.Equine blog

I completed 2 summers working in America at camp with an amazing group of friends, campers and horses in 2009 and 2010. In fact, Facebook memories has a way of making you remember these things as only this morning I was reminded how excited I was to go back to camp for the second summer in 2010; “dissertation bound and printed, all done J!!! CRR 87 days!!!!!” That surely tells you how much of an amazing time I had my first year in 2009. I can still remember arriving at camp for the very first time.

 

Through Facebook I had got in contact with the girls who were on my flight from Heathrow in May 2009 and organised to meet them at check in. Finally we were on our own and off on our biggest adventure yet. After a long flight we arrived in Washington DC to be met by camp staff and off we went across Virginia to West Virginia for 2 hours before we finally arrive at Camp Rim Rock. It was beautiful and was now my home for the next 4 months. 4 months that turned out to be some of the best months of my life.

I had an absolutely incredible experience, an experience that I will never forget and an experience that most definitely changed me for the better. In fact, if anyone knows the song “For Good” from the musical Wicked, it most definitely summarises my experiences at Camp and was even sung at our final candle float in 2009. Both this song and “Country Roads, Take me Home” will always remind me of my time in America and the friendships that I made.

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Not only did I spend my time at camp, but at the end of the summer your opportunity to travel the states really begins. I didn’t travel that much but just headed off to NYC. An amazing city, that will always hold a special place in my heart because of the memories made there with my incredible CRR (Camp Rim Rock) friends.

My time at CRR was the most incredible and amazing time and I will always remember it. There are camps and work abroad experiences all over the world specialising in a variety of activities. I would most definitely recommend work abroad opportunities to everyone. It will be an experience that you will never forget and always remember with happy thoughts and incredible memories.

– Rachel Thomas, Level 3, Year 2 Course Manager

Apprentices in the ‘Best Turned Out’ competition: Dominic Eccleston, Jennifer Cockitt and Alyshia Eaton

Horse care apprentices shine in ‘best turned out’ comp

Reaseheath currently has 12 Horse Care Apprentices who are employed in the equine industry on a variety of yards from riding schools to competition and livery yards.

Each year, as part of their assessments, the apprentices are challenged to a sponsored “Best Turned Out” competition to raise money for the college’s RAG (raising and giving) charity, which this year is the British Heart Foundation.

This year’s challenge took place during last week’s RAG activities and students are busy collecting sponsor money based on their results.

The competition was judged by Course Tutor Dawn Joyce and Workplace Tutor / Assessor Sarah Gilsenan, and observed by Business Development Officer Stephen Morris and newly recruited Agriculture Assessor Dave Windsor, who were impressed with the apprentices’ skills levels.

Results were very close with only one point separating each place:

1st Jennifer Cockitt (Swanwick Hall Equestrian Centre & Farm, Crewe) with horse “Boo”

2nd Dominic Eccleston (Bazaars Stud, Stafford) with horse “Mary”

3rd Alyshia Eaton (Top Farm, Newcastle) with horse “Prince”

Dawn Joyce

Equine Lecturer

Apprentices in the ‘Best Turned Out’ competition: Dominic Eccleston, Jennifer Cockitt and Alyshia Eaton

Apprentices in the ‘Best Turned Out’ competition: Dominic Eccleston, Jennifer Cockitt and Alyshia Eaton

 

If you’re looking for an alternative to school, becoming a Reaseheath apprentice could be just the thing for you…! Register your interest: www.reaseheath.ac.uk/NAW

 

 

Last year's apprentices Becca Rafferty, Emma Sutton, winner Holly Whitehead, Leah Whitfield and pony Jack

National Apprenticeship Week

Today sees the start of National Apprenticeship Week – a week of events designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Did you know? National Apprenticeship Week

  • Nearly half a million people started an Apprenticeship last year?
  • Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16yrs and last year, the over 25’s made up 43% of all Apprenticeships?
  • Apprentices get paid to learn – “Earn as you Learn”.
  • Apprenticeships available at Reaseheath are at Level 2 (Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes) and Level 3. (Equivalent to 2 A level passes)
  • An Apprenticeship can be completed in 12 months and does not necessarily involve College attendance.
  • Employers who take on an Apprentice may be eligible for a Government grant of up to £1,500.
  • Reaseheath’s Horse Care Apprenticeship programme consistently exceeds national benchmark figures for success rates with a high percentage of Apprentices moving on to full time employment with their current employer or progressing to a higher level course of study.

BHF logoAs part of National Apprenticeship week, the current cohort of horse care Apprentices have organised their own sponsored competition to test their practical turnout skills with all sponsorship money being donated to the College’s RAG charity this year – the British Heart Foundation.

Here are last year’s winners, apprentices Becca Rafferty, Emma Sutton, Holly Whitehead, Leah Whitfield pictured with pony Jack.
Last year's apprentices Becca Rafferty, Emma Sutton, winner Holly Whitehead, Leah Whitfield and pony Jack

 

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Festive fun at Reaseheath’s Christmas horse show

Neigh bells rang out at Reaseheath College’s Equestrian Centre, Nantwich, when Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management students organised a Christmas themed horse show.

The students ran a fun schedule which included showjumping, equitation and best turned out classes and a festive fancy dress competition hotly contested by students and their horses. There was also a dog agility class.

The event was much enjoyed by fellow students and spectators from other departments.

Student organisers Abi Ellard, Emma Clarke, Charlotte Taylor and Emily Walker are joined by supporters Tilly Herridge and Sarah Renton, who rides ‘Ryan’

Student organisers Abi Ellard, Emma Clarke, Charlotte Taylor and Emily Walker are joined by supporters Tilly Herridge and Sarah Renton, who rides ‘Ryan’

All entry fees and money raised from raffles and cake sales will go to Reaseheath’s RAG charity The British Heart Foundation and to the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.

The students have to organise several events  as part of their events management module and will run another show next Easter.

Top picture caption: Student organisers Abi Ellard, Emma Clarke, Charlotte Taylor and Emily Walker are joined by supporters Tilly Herridge and Sarah Renton, who rides ‘Ryan’

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HOYS 2015

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.

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Charitable student braves the shave

One very brave equine student recently took the plunge and shaved her head for charity. Level 3 Horse Management student, Courtney Vaughan, literally ‘Braved the Shave’ in support of Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising campaign. So far she’s raised over £100 for Macmillan with donations continuing to flow in.

You can show your support by sponsoring Courtney via her Just Giving page.

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Courtney Vaughan braves the shave