The group of learners, aged between 16 to 18 years-old, got an
insight into the racing and enjoyed a full race-day experience,
which included a complimentary box and guided tour of the
One of the highlights of the visit was when the learners were
able to enter the parade ring to pick the 'best turned out' horse
award and then present the winning stable with their prize.
To do this, students were required to look at aspects of the
horse including the grooming, plaiting and tail tack, which is all
part of what the learners are currently studying as part of their
competition module at college.
Course Team Leader for Level 2 Equine, Emma John, said: "We had
a fabulous day and the racecourse really looked after us while we
"Students had to select the 'best turned out' award and
presented the prize to the winning trainer and horse.
"Careers in equine include jobs in riding schools, livery yards,
competition yards, trekking centres, breeders, trainers, welfare
charities and freelance services so all of these visits and
partnerships are invaluable for our student's futures, opening up
their eyes to careers they may not have considered before.
"The racing sector both such a big part of the equine industry
and I often find students overlook it, so this was a real eye
opener for students."
Sarah Thompson, Head of Racing Sales at Newcastle Racecourse
said: "Newcastle Racecourse were delighted to be approached
by Northumberland College and be given the opportunity to support
the equine students.
"Despite the weather, moods weren't dampened and we were able to
show the students around the course, whilst explaining the
background to racing and how the day itself comes together. We look
forward to continuing a relationship with the College team and
The group of learners have also recently attended an
anti-bullying event held in conjunction with Northumbria Police at
Alnwick Ford, where the students had demonstrations of police dog
handling, and were also involved in training the police horses with
crowd control practice.
Level 3 Equine Tutor, Karen Bell said: "Northumbria Police
invited the Equine department to Alnwick Ford as part of the 'not
on my yard' campaign, which is aimed at supporting anti-bullying
and inclusion legislation.
"We had information on how bullying can escalate to a criminal
offence, demonstrations of a police officer schooling her young
dressage horse, demo of the police dog handling and finally a demo
of how the police horses manage crowds, including some
17-year-old, Level 3 Equine Management student, Megan Carter,
from South Shields who plans on joining the police force, said:
"This trip was fantastic experience and so worthwhile. We got to
see real-life demonstrations from the mounted sector and dog
Equestrian students at the College study a range of modules,
including Horse Tack and Equipment, Biological Systems of Horses,
Managing Events, Riding Horses over Flat and Fence, Feeding and
Level three students also study biological systems of horses,
which includes health dissections, looking at the respiratory and
digestive systems of horses.
The College's Equestrian Centre, based at Kirkley Hall campus is
currently undergoing a total £1.2M refurbishment, to create a new
indoor arena with pro wax surfacing, American Barn style stables
and new classroom facilities.
Over £4 billion is spent on equestrianism every year and
according to Lantra, the leading awarding body for land-based and
environmental training courses, there are more than 19,000 horse
businesses and 41,200people are employed within the sector.
Northumberland College offer a range of courses, diplomas,
foundation degrees and Apprenticeships in equine. To find out more
please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk.