Pet charity The Blue Cross has launched a new award scheme recognising students at equestrian colleges who take particularly good care of horses.

The first awards were made at participating colleges at the close of this summer term.

The 100-year-old charity is aiming to encourage young riders to achieve excellence in horse welfare.

Jenna Reilly, a student at Moreton Morrell’s centre for Equine Studies, part of Warwickshire College, was one of the first recipients of the award.

Nominated by her tutor Susan Weatherburn, Jenna displayed a high standard of horse care, welfare and management throughout her two years at the college.

Ms Weatherburn said: “Jenna regularly worked during the holiday periods in the college yard, proving to be responsible and conscientious.”

Winners receive a certificate, a subscription to an equestrian magazine and a glass trophy to keep for a year. All equestrian colleges in the UK are invited to make nominations.