Brookes’ Equine Science students present at key research conference

Thursday, 04 June 2015

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Three students studying BSc Equine Science presented their scientific research in front of a host of industry representatives, students and staff from other universities and colleges at the Alltech-Hartpury Student Conference.

In its fifth year, the Conference gives undergraduate and postgraduate students, both UK and international, the opportunity to submit findings from their own research which reviews emerging concepts within the field of Equestrian Science.

Katie Grimwood, Jess Lee and Tylah-Ann Robins, are students on the BSc Equine Science course run at Oxford Brookes University in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College.

The theme for this year’s Conference, held in April, was Injuries and Rehabilitation of Equestrian Athletes with sub themes of Strategies for pre-habilitation and rehabilitation and Incidence, prevalence and management. Special guest speakers at the conference were Dr Sue Dyson and Dr Rachel Murray from the Animal Health Trust, and Australian international rider and equestrian coach, Warren Lamperd.

The conference was a really good experience in presenting my own research for the first time in front of a panel of over 100 peers, especially since I hope to go into research in the future.

Katie Grimwood, BSc Equine Science student

Prizes were awarded at the Conference for the best presentations within each category, and Katie Grimwood won the prize for the best theatre presentation.

Katie’s dissertation presentation was on the mineral intake of leisure horses in the UK. She said: “From my research I identified some potentially inappropriate diets of horses, which provides a baseline for future research and indicates a possible need for a greater awareness among owners of the nutritional requirements of their horses.

“The conference was a really good experience in presenting my own research for the first time in front of a panel of over 100 peers, especially since I hope to go into research in the future.”

Pam Willsher, Head of Faculty at Abingdon and Witney College said: “This is a brilliant experience for the students and we are very proud of them. This is the first time that some of our students had submitted their research for consideration to take part at this prestigious conference.

“To have three students selected to present their work and for Katie to win the award for best presentation was a huge acknowledgement to the high quality, hard work and dedication of both the students and staff within the BSc Equine Science course.”

Oxford Brookes has enjoyed over 10 years of success with the Associate College Partnership. The University works with regional further education colleges to offer an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including a growing number of foundation degrees.

More information about partnership courses is available on the Oxford Brookes website. You can also find more details by visiting Abingdon and Witney College's website.

Prizes at the Conference were awarded by Alltech – sponsors of the World Equestrian Games.