Posted: 2nd June 2021 | Back to news feed

The 2021 British Eventing season started back in April and saw top riders travel around the country to compete in the competition. Moreton Morrell College has hosted for British Eventing for more than 20 years and although the event was closed to the public, hundreds of event riders from across the country visited the college to compete in this prestigious equestrian competition. The college now hosts two affiliated events a year and previous years have attracted high-profile competitors such as Zara Tindall.

Jasmine Holmes competing at Moreton Morrell College Credit:1st class images

More than 280 competitors were involved in the competition with around 20 students from the college on hand to support on the day with dressage and show jumping stewarding. Jasmine Holmes, 21, and Francois Heyns, 24 (pictured) are two students in their final year of the Equine Performance Coaching degree at the college and they both competed on the day. The students also run Long Shot Stables in Rugby and have continued with the day-to-day management of the business, while completing their degrees.

Francois Heyns competing at Moreton Morrell College. Credit:1st class images

Jasmine said “I always try to have a horse competing at Moreton Morrell College competitions. I’ve been studying there since I was 15 and have been competing for those six years too. It’s close to home and a well-run event with a good course. The college has been very supportive of us, so competing in their events gives something back. Running a business, competing, and studying at the same time isn’t easy but the college has always been very understanding and supportive of work outside of our studies.”

Francois added: “I’m from Namibia and have been competing for the last three years – which lined up with when I started my studies at Moreton Morrell College. The event went well. I had a horse that was quite young and only in its fifth event but improved across dressage, show jumping and cross country. The Equine Performance Coaching degree is perfectly in line with what I want to do in my career. We’ve been able to study while building our new business and the studies have been moulded around our lifestyle and it’s all been tailored to support us.”

Moreton Morrell College is home to a wide range of further and higher education equine courses, with expertise ranging from science and performance coaching to therapy and rehabilitation. Students studying the BSc (Hons) in Equine Performance Coaching are also given the opportunity to work towards a 1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Equestrian Coaching (General Riding).

Donna Allen, equine subject leader for Higher Education at Moreton Morrell College, said: “We have a long history of holding fabulous equestrian events for British Eventing. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved, learn from elite competitors, and develop new skills, whilst also showcasing the excellent facilities we have here at the college. Jasmine and Francois are excellent ambassadors for our Equine Performance Coaching degree and I’m certain they both have very bright futures working in the industry.”

To find out more about degree level animal courses at Moreton Morrell College, and to apply, please visit our website.

Moreton Morrell College - In-person Degree Open Events

Just a short reminder that our in-person Degree Open Eventsare taking place in June at Moreton Morrell College. The events will give any prospective degree-level students the chance to visit the college, take in the outstanding facilities, and speak with our Subject Leaders so you can really start to get a feel for college life with us. The events are completely free but ticketed for safety, as we plan to still have number restrictions in place.

Saturday 19 June is already sold out but we still have places available for Thursday 24 June from 5.30pm - 8pm. Book your tickets today!

In the meantime, in case you missed this last month, hear from our Animal, Equine and Veterinary Subject Leaders in our latest film showcasing our range of land-based courses and facilities at Moreton Morrell College.

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