Students gallop ahead in horse event

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DONCASTER College students took part in a charity horse and dog show staged by Friends of the Northern Racing College.

Students from the Animal Care and Horse Care courses at the college rode in several of the classes and were also involved in the organisation of the event.

The show took place in the grounds of the Northern Racing College at Rossington Hall, on the Great North Road.

Doncaster College students also attend classes there during the week as part of their courses at the college, which is based at Doncaster Waterfront.

Among those taking part from the college was Reece Rowland, an 18-year-old from Mexborough, who won first place in the in-hand championship.

The level two horse care student said: “I am very happy and I feel lucky to have had this opportunity.”

Level three animal care student Mika Rodgers and Dolly, the Doncaster College Shetland pony, also took part.

They came second in the mountain and moorland class and qualified for Equifest, a show which takes place later on in the year.

Mika, aged 19, from Skellow said: “We had a great day. It was a fantastic experience and we felt proud to be representing Doncaster College with our gorgeous pony.” Another student, Emma Prescott, said it was her first show and she was thrilled to have had the opportunity to take part.

Lisa Bailey said her parents used to be involved with horses and were highly delighted that she took part in the show.

She said she felt the experience was ‘fantastic’.

Laura Astles, a lecturer at the college, said: “The learners had a great day and enjoyed every minute of the experience. Our college notice boards are now filled with lots of lovely rosettes!”