Saddle up everybody, we're putting on a show

PUBLISHED: 11:47 12 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:52 28 May 2010

College of West Anglia students prepare for the open day

College of West Anglia students prepare for the open day

HORSES and humans are putting the finishing touches to an exciting display of equestrian disciplines to be performed to music when the College of West Anglia s Wisbech campus holds an open day on Sunday. The equine studies students and their horses will b

HORSES and humans are putting the finishing touches to an exciting display of equestrian disciplines to be performed to music when the College of West Anglia's Wisbech campus holds an open day on Sunday.

The equine studies students and their horses will be going through their paces to music by the Scissor Sisters as one of the centre pieces of the fun filled day. Emily Cullum, national diploma course director, has been masterminding the display.

Yard manager Louise Applegate says the one-year and two-year equine studies courses are very popular and the college boasts a 100 per cent pass rate in British Horse Society qualifications. She said: "We have very skilled staff and we prepare our students well."

The average age range of the full time course students is 16-23 but the part time course often attracts more mature students.

The college, which is soon to move its Fenland base from Wisbech to March, has seven of its own horses but relies on generous owners to loan horses for the use of students on the courses. Staff are always eager to hear from owners who would consider loans.

An award winning design for a water saving garden will also be displayed for the first time.

First and second year BTEC National diploma students in horticulture entered the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live competition.

The winning design by first year student Stephen Hansord was for a garden called 'H20 Happy'. It will be recreated for the open day at the Wisbech Newcommon Bridge campus in preparation for an exhibition at the NEC Birmingham next month.

The open day will run from 10am to 4pm.

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