The equine students at Hadlow College, in Kent, are now into the final week of preparation for their annual show to be held on 31 May.

Run for its second year, this show is organised entirely by a committee of 10 students and it has taken six months of hard work, which they have managed to fit in around their studying.

Entries are up and currently standing at well over 300. Profits look set to exceed those of last year, which were reinvested in a new set of working hunter fences.

Derek Payne, Head of Equine Studies at Hadlow, believes that this project is a valuable part of the students¨ training: ” Everything that they learn in the classroom is put into practice. The key skills of organising, communicating, and managing finances are all tested. This experience will certainly make future employers take a second look at their CVs”.The students have also had to gain sponsorship to make sure that the show is financiallyviable. This year¨s sponsors are : Broadfeed, The Fiddling Monkey, Frogpool Manor, Tackstitch, Speedgate Saddlery, Chaskit House saddlery, Orange Court Kennels, Invicta graphic machinery, Birchall¨s Riding Shop, NFU Mutual Insurance, The Carpenter¨s Arms, Saracen Horse Feeds, Horse & Country, The Saddlery & Gun Room, CLS Design to Print, and John Page Trailers.

The schedule includes a variety of showing classes, prelim and novice dressage, show jumping and a gymkhana.

Late entries will be accepted on the day subject to space.

For more details contact Derek Payne (tel: 01732 852204), or send SAE to Derek Payne at Hadlow College, Hadlow, Tonbridge, TN11 0AL.