Equine staff and students pull together to raise money for local charity

Ten equine degree students at UHI North Highland organised and hosted an equine instruction clinic to raise money for the Caithness Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

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Elizabeth Hewitson from Caithness RDA visited the Rural Studies Centre to receive the donation from our Equine students

The year two students on the BA (Hons) Equine Business Management course planned, organised and promoted the weekend event as part of their Event Planning and Organisation module.

Held at the Rural Studies Centre near Halkirk, the event was heavily supported by lecturer James Munro and yard manager and groom, Russell Skelton who provided lessons in show jumping and flatwork for around 30 horse owners.

The lessons incorporated the Showing Register (TSR) showing clinic and attracted Caithness and Orkney riders. James and Russell gave up their time free of charge so the students could raise money for their chosen charity.

Receiving the donation to the RDA, Elizabeth Hewitson said, “On behalf of Caithness RDA I would like to thank the 2nd year equine students for the very generous donation of £700 they handed over following their successful event. This money will be used for the children who attend RDA where they gain fun, therapy and enjoyment.“

Commenting on their experience, the students said, “We really enjoyed running this event, it was a great opportunity to get to know new people and fundraise for a worthy cause.”

Event organising and running was a team effort by both the practical learning and online learning students with the online degree students assisting with resources and helping with virtual organisation.

The students who ran the event at the Rural Studies centre have recently carried out a block of practical learning and have since returned to their homes to continue the course through our virtual learning environment.

Places are available on our equine courses for this September with flexible study options. For more information about our courses, visit our Equine page.