Equine Students Look Forward to Horse Trials

Published 20 June

Skipton Horse Trials is an integral part of the Craven College Horse Management calendar as it gives the students the opportunity to help with activities such as fence judging and dressage score running at an actual event – and it’s local as well as being high profile. Paula Hartley, Craven College’s Level 2 Course Tutor is the Event Secretary, so she has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to horse trials and is able to give a high level of support to the students.

Craven College have a trade stand tent there all weekend, where a staff and student College team comprising of Jennifer Huxall, College Equine Yard Manager, Sally Osborne, Joanna Baxter, Equine Centre Manager and Saffron Hirst will be there to answer any questions regarding Equine courses and the new facilities including an international-sized arena which will be developed at the Auction Mart, Skipton over the coming year.

Students will go along the week before, to assist with fence painting, decorating, dressing, setting up Dressage arenas, building the Show Jump course, which allows them to see how an affiliated horse Trials is organised on the ground. This is really important as it often influences their career choices moving forward.  The students can gather evidence for their College courses within units such as Industry Experience, Jumping over fences, and Event Management.

The first year students can walk the Cross Country course, which allows them to understand the levels of the sport, height and difficulty of fences for differing levels, also the terrain and speeds required.  This prepares them well when progressing to Year 2 of their courses, as the level of riding skill and understanding is further enhanced through their programme of study.

Staff and students have competed in the past. The College horses are currently in training for future events.  Some Craven College students will be grooming this year for local riders, this may be as a result of their work experience placement which they undertook through their studies at College.

Joanna Baxter, Centre Manager for Animal, Equine and Engineering  Studies said ‘Skipton Horse Trials are really important to the College. Firstly it is right on the doorstep and is a fantastic opportunity for students to assist with the organisation and supporting on the days of the event.  They get such a wealth of knowledge from the event, as it covers so many aspects of the equine industry, which encompasses their learning and brings forward the aspects they have been studying.  It allows students to focus their mindset of their future career aspirations, whether that be event rider, organiser, groom or employment in so many ancillary industries.  Good luck for Skipton 1 2019, and many thanks to the organisers and British Eventing for letting our students be part of the team.’

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