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Animal and Land 29Feb 2016

From pouncing over poles to tearing through tunnels, dextrous dogs jump in on the arena action at Hartpury!

From pouncing over poles to tearing through tunnels, dextrous dogs jump in on the arena action at Hartpury!

Hartpury may be most famous for heroic horses wowing crowds in the arena, but leaping labradors and see-sawing spaniels could now be jumping in on the action!


Students will be able to gain more experience in dog training and have their eyes opened to a major growth area in the animal industry after Hartpury opened a new dog agility arena this week.


They will have the chance to observe and work with dog and owner partnerships using a variety of new equipment, including an A-frame, a dog walk, tunnels, weaves, a see-saw, tyres and jumps.


Students on all College and University Centre animal courses will access new learning opportunities thanks to the new dog agility facilities through lectures and practical sessions in the arena.


Lucy Clarke, who heads up Animal Science degree programmes at Hartpury, said: “I do some dog agility for fun at a local club with my female border collie cross, Tia, and I’ve been able to give a practical demonstration this week to the second year Animal Behaviour and Welfare Foundation and Honours degree groups. They found it really interesting.


“The new facilities will enable them to gain a deeper insight into canine training, fitness, health and safety and the careers available in this area. Several of Hartpury’s animal graduates have gone on to work as dog trainers and it‘s a booming area of the industry. A lot of rescue centres, for example, now use dog agility to improve behaviour and maintain the fitness of rescue dogs.


“The students could also use the dog agility facilities to support their own research and dissertation projects and there will be new commercial opportunities too. We’ve already been contacted by trainers interested in hiring out the equipment and the arena to run classes for their own client groups.”

20 Sep 2016 Animal and Land

Funding boost to help give Tom an even brighter farming future

Agriculture degree student Tom Saunders, has become the second Hartpury recipient of the new Joe Henson bursary, aimed at helping aspiring agriculturalists to take their studies further.

07 Sep 2016 Animal and Land

Heaven opens gates to future in farming with bursary boost ahead of tug of war World Championships

Hartpury student Charlotte Heaven will be hoping a recent boost to her farming future will help spur her to victory as she competes for England at the World Tug of War Championships this week.

18 Aug 2016 Animal and Land

Students get set to meet Bruce, Wendy, Wonda and friends as new species wing their way into Hartpury’s magical menagerie!

From emus looking for love to coy crustaceans and even a dragon, Hartpury has experienced another animal explosion!

01 Jul 2016 Animal and Land

Kindergarten kids bring learning to life at Hartpury

Children from Hartpury Nursery enjoyed getting up close with Hartpury’s creepy and cuddly creatures this week.