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Oatridge Campus Hosts Successful Equine Summer School

Published Tuesday, 19th July 2016 in Oatridge Campus news

Oatridge equine summer school

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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