Horse course riding high with new incentives and fresh faces
June 16 2015
AN acclaimed horse course is riding high thanks to new incentives and the arrival of an esteemed biologist.
The degree at Glyndŵr University in Northop, Flintshire, is one of the most respected in the UK, with people travelling from as far away as Latvia to join programme leader Tamsin Young and the team.
Particularly popular with college students from across Wirral and the North West, Tamsin says the qualification is “better than ever” following recent developments.
These include the addition of Dr Lynda Birke as Visiting Professor – an acclaimed scientist and author who has been breaking new ground in biological research for more than 30 years – and the introduction of £1,000 excellence scholarships.
Prospective students who join in September could also receive free training (riding and stable management) towards British Horse Society (BHS) stages examinations and £100 for a BHS examination of their choice.
“We’ve only been running equine degrees here since 2008 – the same year that Glyndŵr became a university – but already we’ve made huge strides and both the part-time and full-time courses are better than ever,” said Tamsin.
“As well as work-based learning and investigations, the field trips and research produced by our students has been absolutely top-class.
“They’ve written about everything from how horses sleep to anxiety in novice riders and how that impacts on the animal.
“It’s a wide-ranging degree complemented by our Animal Studies, Animal and Plant Biology and Rural Studies courses, all delivered here in stunning Northop, North Wales – another major USP for us.”
Equine Science and Welfare Management enables students to combine horse interests with the popular and academically growing area of welfare science, understanding and applying new and existing scientific principles to the management and training of horses whilst respecting their welfare.
Recently, two of its lecturers became the 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, 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 show jumping.
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 added: “The two of them did incredibly well, and it just shows how vital the BHS qualifications are for anyone getting involved in this arena, particularly those who want to go on and teach.
“That’s why we are delighted to offer free training and support towards the accreditation as part of the degree.
“Together with the announcement that Dr Lynda Birke is now a Visiting Professor with us these new incentives add so much gravitas to our work and will no doubt help us to grow further in the years to come.”
For more information on scholarships and Equine Science and Welfare Management at Glyndŵr University, visit our course page email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the next open day on August 15 from 10am-2pm.