Annual Horse Show 2012
On Sunday 27th May Hadlow College Equine students held another successful Annual Horse Show.
The show was very well organised and run by our Extended diploma year 2 students as part of their Event Management unit.
At the beginning of the year the students form a committee and are each allocated roles including secretary, treasurer, site organiser, marketing etc Throughout the year the students plan and undertake all of the tasks associated with preparing for the event. These tasks include writing letters to judges and sponsors, designing the schedule, planning jumping courses, risk assessments, preparing the fields for the day of the show making sure they are topped/harrowed/rolled and neat and tidy. Students also organised for various outside companies to attend including the British Horse Society who had a stand, caterers and the St John’s Ambulance for first aid.
It was a big show for the students to organise with a total of 26 classes including in-hand, show jumping, dressage, working hunter, gymkhanas and also clear round jumping taking place all day. The show jumping proved very popular and was great to watch.
The showground was a bustling hive of activity with lines of parked horse boxes and trailers and other competitors who had hacked over from nearby yards. Riders and horses of all types attended from lead rein Shetland ponies to 16hh plus hunters. One highlight of the day was class 25 ‘fancy dress’ which was one by bat man! Another fun class was the lead-rein Gymkhana which included bending, apple bobbing and ride and run.
This all kept the students very busy; luckily the weather was great albeit very hot. The total profit from the event was £901.25 which will go towards new resources for the Equine unit, new equipment for the students, new jumps, improvements to cross country course etc.
Sponsors were Nag Mag, Broadfeed, NAF, Abbott & Co (Wessex) Ltd, GG's Tack Shop.
Well done to all involved students, competitors and horses!