Student event raises money for horse sanctuary

February 2023

Image for press release - A group of equine students sit and stand around a table, while smiling at the camera.

Third year BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science students have raised over £200 for charity.

On Thursday 26th January, the students hosted an evening of equine behaviour and welfare talks in Northumberland Lecture Theatre. 

Proceeds were donated to for Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, a local charity that supports around 70 horses, ponies and donkeys, in addition to goats, sheep and cats that have been victims of abuse.

Translating Horses was an event arranged and run by students, who also delivered talks on topics including operant conditioning, learning theory, sensory perception, stereotypical behaviour, signs of pain, enrichment, track systems and stallion management.

Third-year student Tanyel discussed the importance of meeting horses' needs and the human impact on relationships and training. She said: "Organising this event in support of Remus Horse Memorial and Sanctuary has been a very rewarding experience.

"On behalf of myself and my peers, I would like to thank everyone involved in making this event possible including our lecturer Rosa, Millie from WUC marketing, and all of our sponsors and guests who helped raise the funds to be donated to horses in need."

The Students' Union kindly offered their help and logistical support.

A raffle raised additional funds for the sanctuary. Prizes were generously donated by lecturer Rosa Verwijs, behaviourist Justine Harrison and Understand Horses, Equine Supplies Essex, The Sun Inn and The Equestrian Osteo and Barnes Equine Dentistry. 

Senior Lecturer in Equine Behaviour and Nutrition, Rosa Verwijs, said: "The students worked incredibly hard together to put on a highly informative equine behaviour event and showcase their knowledge and skills developed in their degree so far. I hope to see them hosting similar events to the equestrian community once they have graduated as they all did a fantastic job!"

For more information on Writtle University College's equine courses, click here.