Our student arena party has again earned praise from key industry professionals for its support of the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) – the world’s most famous horse show.

Our team of 40 students and staff worked alongside the show jumping course designers in the international arena and also helped with the Future Elite Dressage Championship, the Pony Club mounted games and the harness scurry throughout the full five days of the show.

Their efforts helped to provide a seamless spectacle for thousands of visitors and were much appreciated by the organisers, who praised the team’s enthusiasm, high standards and work ethic. Always a favourite event in our equine calendar, HOYS 2021 was particularly memorable as we were celebrating a decade of providing the arena party and also the start of Reaseheath’s own year of centenary celebrations.

In addition to gaining high profile industry experience and meeting elite riders and trainers, the students, from main campus and from outreach centres Croft End Equestrian Centre, Oldham, and Burrows Lane, Knowsley, received unique event management training including health and safety and emergency drills alongside vets and paramedics – a superb addition to their CVs.

Event Director Jane Warmington, who works for Grandstand Media, organiser of HOYS, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to celebrate the tenth year of our partnership between HOYS and Reaseheath College. As always the service provided by students and staff was second to none and contributed to making the show the great success that it is.”

Lead Course Designer Kelvin Bywater commented: “Reaseheath has provided the arena party for this major show for the past ten years and the students and staff always deliver the service with superb professionalism and enthusiasm. They play a major part in the smooth running of the show and work well with the professional course designers and course builders.

“I think the whole experience is great for students. They gain a unique perspective on the backstage elements of a major show and this gives them a special understanding of the event management industry. I had no hesitation in asking  Reaseheath’s Equestrian Centre to supply students to help my equestrian event management company, Show Direct, run the recent Lemieux National Championships for British Dressage at Somerford Park.”

Equine Programme Leader James Rayner said: “Thanks to our long-established partnership with HOYS, we are able to offer our students real, industry focussed, work experience. They get the unique opportunity to see the action from the front, build great teamworking skills and have an amazing week which they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

Reaseheath equine students also regularly provide the arena parties for other prestigious events including Bolesworth International and Kelsall Hill.

For further details about Reaseheath’s equine diplomas and degrees visit www.reaseheath.ac.uk/equine