Inspiring Equine Showcase launches £2million investment

Writtle University College unveiled its fantastic new equine facilities and resources at an Equine Showcase packed full of inspiring interactive workshops!

Water Treadmill - Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy student Lauren Hunt (wearing red) and BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation student Sheena Nobili assessing ex-police horse Toffee on the equine water treadmill. CREDIT Boots and Hooves Photography.

The event - on Wednesday 14 March – gave around 300 visitors a taster of the range of exciting equine work at Writtle, and the dynamic equine community on campus.

Following a £2million investment, all of Writtle’s equine facilities have been brought onto one site at its Cow Watering Campus, which is now a central hub for equine teaching and research, boasting the latest in scientific technologies.

The investment enhances the student experience by enabling all practical sessions to be carried out in one extended space, whether it is using breeding horses or youngstock, the therapy units or the riding facilities.

Professor Tim Middleton, Vice-Chancellor of Writtle University College, said: “Our Equine Showcase was a great way to officially open our new horse breeding facilities and our specialist equine therapy and performance suites at our Cow Watering Campus. Our equine industry partners, students and staff presented a rich and varied programme of workshops and demonstrations for the hundreds of visitors to the event.

Skeleton jump - Kay Eastwood and Tye perform the 'skeleton' jump (horse and human with painted skeletons). CREDIT Boots and Hooves Photography.

“Our professional resources, allied to an expert staff team and rich and varied industry networks, provide excellent opportunities for our equine students in both Further and Higher Education to develop the skills and knowledge that the industry needs.”

A Stud facility, extended outdoor menage, a second therapy barn, oval horsewalker, DIY stables and an indoor school have been added to the facilities already on the campus, which include an equine water treadmill, solarium and indoor riding arenas.

Caroline Flanagan, who heads up the Higher Education Equine and Veterinary Physiotherapy courses, said: “At Writtle, we strive to achieve a graduate who can put science into practice. Our facilities are vital to support this very applied approach to education and this £2million investment brings all of our equine activities together onto one campus as an equine centre of excellence.

“This event enabled our students to be involved in something special; I hope they learnt a lot from the experience of being involved and further developed their skills in terms of communicating their specialist knowledge to the general public. I was proud of every single one of them!”

Official opening - Chris House, from House and Jackson Veterinary Hospital, and Professor Tim Middleton, Vice-Chancellor of Writtle University College, officially open the new Stud facilities. CREDIT Boots and Hooves Photography.

Lauren Hunt, 22, from Rayleigh, who studied a Further Education course at Writtle before progressing onto the Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy, said: “My course is designed to develop the key skills required to be an effective, self-employed veterinary physiotherapist. We’re always being offered work experience placements through the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists, which accredits my course, and established veterinary hydrotherapy or physiotherapy centres.

“The latest technology and facilities we have at Writtle are important as they enable us to carry out our research. If it wasn’t for Writtle having this equipment – and the industry contacts to source different resources as well - I would not have been able to complete my research.”

There were demonstrations and an exhibitors area featuring several organisations and individuals in the equine industry/

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More details of the workshops are available at