World Eventing Champion, Ros Canter, accepts honorary degree

November 2021

Image for press release - Writtle University College honorary degree World Eventing Champion, Ros Canter wearing graduation gown
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College in Essex has awarded an honorary degree to World Eventing Champion, Ros Canter.

On October 29th, Ros attended the University College’s first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019.

The event, which has held at Chelmsford's historic Cathedral, celebrated the success of the classes of 2020 and 2021 and highlighted Ros' achievements.

Writtle University College Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Middleton, said: "We were delighted to confer honorary awards as part of our graduation ceremony. Ros Canter’s international success is an inspiration to our students and the equine sector.

"We have a very special link with Ros, as she rides two horses bred at our on-campus Lordships Stud: gelding Lordships Graffalo and his younger sister Lordships Parc Royale."

Ros has experienced multiple successes on an international scale. She holds individual and team gold medals from the 2018 World Equestrian Games and won Ballindenisk CCI4*-L with Allstar B.

In January 2020, she visited the Writtle University College's specialist campus to provide coaching and showcase her famous 'Training To Win' demonstration.

Ros Canter said: "In 2021, Lordships Graffalo and I won the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials CCI4*-S and finished second at the Blenheim Horse Trials. He's an incredible horse and was produced by the team at the Writtle University College's Lordships Stud. It was fun to visit the campus and stud with Lordships Graffalo and see the real passion and understanding the students and staff have for the equine sector. I was excited to have been invited to accept an honorary degree."

Writtle University College offers a wide range of equine programmes at college and university level, including a recently-launched and highly popular MSc in Equine Performance Science.

For more information on courses and the specialist facilities available at the University College’s countryside estate, visit