Hartpury welcomed 27 students from Melsom College in Norway to experience the outstanding Equine facilities and education offered by the college.
The partnership between the two colleges has been in place since 2010, and each year the Norwegian college brings students over to experience a packed Equine programme.
During their two-week study experience, the 16 and 17-year-old Melsom students were able to learn more about innovative practices in the equine industry and share their own knowledge.
During their time at the college, the students were able to participate in a wide range of activities and learning opportunities that Equine students at Hartpury experience as part of their course.
From rehabilitating horses at the Equine Therapy Centre to performing dissections, learning about stable management, lectures in course building, general yard duties and, of course, riding, the students adapted to ‘Hartpury life’ smoothly.
They also had the opportunity to visit Horseworld Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Bristol and the Blue Cross rehoming centre at Burford.
Two Norwegian students- Nora Veum and Guro Kyte- wrote a report about the visit, focusing on how impressed they were by the experiences they had here.
Nora said: “It was amazing and the facilities are fantastic. We are very thankful for the opportunity that brought us here.
“The guiding through your therapy centre was very exciting and educational. The same goes for the dissection, a good opportunity to see how things work inside the horses’ leg, lung and heart.”
Guro said: “The Nick Burton Clinic was fantastic in all ways. He had so much wise to say, and we took a lot of his knowledge with us back to Norway and our own horses.”
Julian Fox, International Manager, said: “We were delighted to continue to build on our relationship with Melsom College and it is fantastic to hear that the students and staff really enjoyed their visit.
“Here at Hartpury, we pride ourselves on the relationships we have with the international Equine community and those contacts and partnerships are of real benefit to our students, whether that is providing exciting work placement opportunities or helping them to potentially embark on an Equine career overseas.”
The visit by the Melsom students was part of the Leonardo Da Vinci Project which has now been replaced by Erasmus+, the new European funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. The initiative offers students from the European Union, and the European Economic Area, the opportunity to study in other countries helping further to develop their skills.