Students at Askham Bryan College near York can look forward to an improved learning experience, thanks to a brand new £500,000 equine centre.
Once completed, the centre will include indoor stabling and facilities for 20 horses, a 60m by 35m indoor school, substantial outdoor school, grazing and a cross-country course, as well as indoor lecture and training areas.
The extensive new development is currently in build with the stabling and indoor school completed and the college’s horses already in situ. Work on the outdoor school, grazing and cross-country course is ongoing and should be completed by the summer.
The centre will officially open in June with Chris Bartle (pictured) doing the honours at the opening ceremony.
The college has been running equine courses, including first diploma, national diploma and BHS NVQ qualifications, since 1991 and plans to expand its equine offering to include national awards and foundation degrees from September.
Helen Evans of the equine studies department says: “The centre will be a tremendous benefit to our equestrian students. In the past they have had to travel to carry out the practical side of their studies but the new facilities will make their studies much more flexible.”
The new equine centre is part of Askham Bryan College’s ongoing re-development programme, which has already included a new animal management centre.
For more details about the courses available at Askham Bryan visit: www.askham-bryan.ac.uk