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Top horse riding instructor qualification for young lecturing duo

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Photo: Equine lecturers Amy Bannister (left) and Alice Bell

March 11, 2015

An equine lecturing duo from Glyndŵr University have become the two youngest in the UK to hold one of the highest qualifications for riding instructors.

Amy Bannister and Alice Bell, who run stables in Cheshire, gained the top level British Horse Society (BHS) qualification for instructors aged just 25.

The industry-standard award allows both to teach to the level of advanced medium dressage, intermediate horse trials and Fox Hunter level showjumping.

Amy and Alice lecture on Glyndŵr University’s equine science and welfare management degree course based at its rural campus in Northop, Flintshire.

Amy said: “It’s a really big thing for us to have the qualification, especially at our age. Normally it’s only gained by people in their late 30s or early 40s after many years of experience.

“We’ve been involved with horses all our lives and we got to the stage where we felt confident enough to sit the exam.

“Our aim now is to pass on to students our own experiences and encourage them to start their training straight away if they’re looking to work as riding instructors.”

Tamsin Young, programme leader for equine science and welfare management at Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re very lucky to have Amy and Alice with us.

"Their own achievements provide an inspiration to our students alone, complemented by their expertise within their field and the knowledge which they can pass on.”

Both riders were present when the university welcomed equitation science consultant Lisa Ashton for a guest lecture at Northop.

The session, which included in-hand and ridden work with horses, allowed students to see how learning theory can be applied in practice when training horses.

Tamsin added: “Glyndŵr University prides itself on its close links with industry and guest lectures from professionals with differing expertise are an integral part of the course.

“We were delighted to welcome Lisa to Northop and look forward to students applying what they learnt in her session to improve their studies.”

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