Five Writtle College students will be training for selection for the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) World Championships of International Young Breeders.
Claire Nicklin, Stephanie Lavender, Rosie Bown, Emma Crompton and Emma Cunnington are hoping to be included in the teams for the Championships in Bollerup, Sweden.
The students will be attending training both within and external to the College, including specially-run training sessions from industry experts such as Nicole Nelson and Lynne Crowden.
The Championships are held on 12 and 13 July. The competition includes a theory exam, judging of loose jumping, a test of skills in preparing horses for show, the judging of exterior qualities (conformation) and movement (paces) as well as an assessment of how the competitors present the horse in-hand.
Amy Mills, Lecturer in Equine Science and Breeding and Reproduction Specialist at Writtle College’s Lordships Stud, said: “The College has a good history with the scheme with recent graduate Becca White successfully competing at the Lyon International Young Breeders’ Championships in 2011, and gaining employment with Lynne Crowden! We wish this year’s students every success.”
• Claire Nicklin, 19, from Wolverhampton, is in her second year of a BSc (Hons) Equine Studies - Breeding and Reproduction
• Stephanie Lavender, 20, from Norway, is in her second year of a BSc (Hons) Equine Breeding and Stud Management
• Rosie Bown, 20, from Nottinghamshire, is in her second year of a BSc (Hons) Equine Breeding and Stud Management
• Emma Crompton, 18, from Woking, is in her first year of a BSc (Hons) Equine Studies – Behaviour and Nutrition
• Emma Cunnington, 18, from Lincolnshire, is in her first year of a BSc (Hons) Equine Breeding and Stud Management