Kayley Lanston Awarded Ken Lyndon-Dyke Equine Fellowship
Following on from our Thanet Earth Discovery Fellowship in Horticulture a new Equine Fellowship is now underway.
This Fellowship, sponsored by Ken Lyndon-Dykes will encourage research that will result in increased understanding of the importance of saddle fitting in relation to the different breeds of native pony. The background to this research relates to the fact that, whereas the majority of horses have their saddles fitted, it is relatively rare in the case of ponies.
Applications for the 2013 Fellowship were open to all equine students at Hadlow during the second year of their BSc (Hons) Equine Management programme. The winner of the award was Kayleigh Lanston who has just successfully completed her second year. The owner of two native ponies, Kayleigh is well aware of the problems associated with fitting native ponies.
Ken is an ex-international level three day event rider as well as a qualified Society of Master Saddlers’ saddle fitter and a member of the Society’s executive committee. In addition, he owns and runs Saddleworld arguably the largest saddle retail business in the UK. Throughout the research period Ken will be available to offer help and advice and Kayley will also be able to accompany Ken on a wide range of saddle fitting appointments.
Stuart Attwood, team leader for the BSc (Hons) Equine Management programme commented "We are absolutely delighted that Ken has initiated the Fellowship. The short listed applicants were all very high calibre. I congratulate Kayley and I know that she will put a great deal of thought and effort into the research."
Ken will be available to give advice and help throughout the research period and Kayley will be able to accompany Ken on a wide range of saddle fitting appointments.
Kayleigh commented "The Fellowship will enable me to increase my knowledge of an essential subject in equine management… I am a consistently hard-working student and I look forward to producing a well-researched investigation".