Helpful Hartpury students’ ‘back stage’ work key to International Eventing Forum success


Behind-the-scenes work by a group of Hartpury College students ensured that this year’s International Eventing Forum ran like a dream.

The event, hosted by Hartpury and run in partnership with British Eventing, gives riders the chance to learn the best tips and training tricks from some of the sport’s most recognisable faces.

Hartpury students from the Grooms Academy and the Foundation Riders Academy spent the afternoon helping the likes of FEI level three course designer Tom Holden to build the different demonstration courses.

“It’s good practical experience [helping out at events], definitely – especially if you’re thinking of going to university. If you’re doing something like this, it’s good to put on your CV. It’s something practical and shows that you can muck in,” said Extended Diploma Equitation student, Max Rundle.

Max, who is part of the Grooms Academy at Hartpury, added: “We get to help out at some of the big events like this during term time. We also get to groom for riders that come to events at Hartpury – especially during the Showjumping Spectacular. We’re just extra hands which help to make everything easier and quicker for the trainer.”

While this experience forms part of the Grooms Academy study programme, riders from our Foundation Academy also took up the chance to be part of a world class forum.

BSc Animal Science Degree student, Josie Bennett, was pleased she got to catch part of the demonstration between helping out with the course building. She said: “I’ve been helping out as part of the academy, doing a lot of heavy lifting but luckily I also got to catch the end of Eric Smiley’s demonstration with the young horses, which was excellent.

“I have my horse here and I’m an eventer myself. With the season starting soon, being involved in this event is a great way to get excited and learn more about the sport.”

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