Hartpury horses score straight tens in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ style dressage in aid of charity


Hartpury horses’ ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ dressage routines recently wowed the judges as the college’s students raised money for charity at an Easter themed show.

The event, which ran throughout the day, was organised by Hartpury’s Level 3 Extended Diploma Horse Management students as part of their event management unit.

It gave the college’s 160 Further Education equine students, including those without their own horse, the chance to compete in dressage at preliminary or novice level as well as showjumping and in-hand showing (running next to the horse, not riding). They also took part in an equine-related quiz.

Students will also be raising money for Redwings Horse Sanctuary with a cake sale and there will be a St Patrick’s Day theme for the event.

Tom Hallam, Hartpury’s Head of Equine (for Further Education), said: “The event gave our students the opportunity to learn about event management and the organisation and running of a show, whilst also giving all of our equine students the chance to have a day full of fun as well as raising some money for charity. The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ panel of dressage judges was the highlight of the day as well as some amazing fancy dress human and equine costumes!.”

Students took part in dressage to music and the quiz in the morning before showjumping and in-hand showing in the afternoon.

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