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Equine students are being invited to submit their theses for the chance to win the Eqvalan Duo Equine Thesis of the Year Award.

The competition, run by the Royal Agriculture Society and sponsored by animal health company Merial, is open to equestrian students from any UK university or college. The winner will receive £500, an engraved trophy and five-year membership to the Royal Agriculture Society.

Co-ordinator of the award Chris Taylor said: “The [competition] demonstrates not only the quality of our equine students but also the hard work universities put in to educate them. It is also a chance for our equine managers of the future to showcase the best academic research in the industry.”

Last year’s winner was Rachel Kay from Nottingham Trent University (H&H news, 23 November 2006). Miss Kay’s study proved that horses experience less stress when travelling with a mirror in their horsebox.

The deadline for submissions is 27 July, with the shortlist to be announced in early September. The shortlisted students will then be asked to present their theses to a panel of judges and an audience of industry-based professionals.
For more information email Mr Taylor at chris@rase.org.uk.