Published Tuesday, 19th July 2016 in Oatridge Campus news
The equine team at SRUC Oatridge recently hosted another successful Equine Summer School – with 16 students from across America attending the four week residential programme.
The participants were already studying on Animal/Equine
Science Degree programmes in the USA at a number of different academic
institutions - including University of Kentucky and University of Colorado and
Montana State University.
During their time in Scotland the Summer School students
studied two HE modules – Equine Anatomy and Physiology and Equine Fitness -
making it an intensive programme of study. The credits achieved from these
modules are then added on to their courses back in America.
The students also participated in a number of riding lessons
each week, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The lessons were a unique experience
for some, who have previously only ridden western style back home.
At the end of their stay a riding competition day was
organised. The day included turnout of the horses, dressage tests and show
jumping. A great day was had by all who took part - and rosettes were awarded
in true horse riding style.
A number of sightseeing tours included in the programme –
including a visit to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and Edinburgh.
Keeping with the equine theme, the students also attended Perth
Races on Gold Cup day, and had a visit to see the Kelpies.
Feedback from those on the
Summer School has been extremely positive. Samantha Daily from University of Kentucky
said: “This program has been great. I am returning home with lots of memories
and stories to tell. I love how hands-on the program was.” Emily Daily from
University of Kentucky added: “The Equine Summer School has been absolutely
wonderful and I would recommend it to everyone. It was such a grand experience
to study what I love in a beautiful foreign country.”
Louise Bulmer, Equine Programme Leader at SRUC Oatridge,
said: “The Equine Team at SRUC Oatridge is pleased to have hosted yet another
successful Equine Summer School.
“The students had a fantastic time here in Scotland and we
hope that they have taken some great memories home with them. The Summer School
has run for a number of years and remains very popular – we’ve already had
students asking about dates for next year!”
Photo caption: The Equine Summer School group sporting
their rosettes after a successful competition day.
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