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HEROS announces its first “Equine Education Open Day”

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Sasha Melia

What:Equine Education Open Day

Where:  HEROS CHARITY, North Farm Stud, Fawley, Wantage, OX12 9NJ

When: 5th October 11am – 3pm.

HEROS Charity is hosting its first Equine Education Open Day, to highlight the courses which are now available to students at their Wantage base. Parents, teachers and those interested in equine pursuits are all welcome.

  • View HEROS Modern Equine Specialist Facilities and new Education Hub.
  • Meet the staff and the HEROS horses.
  • Find out from experts why a job in the equine industry is a rewarding and exciting one.
  • Discover the career opportunities available in the equine industry from taking these courses.
  • Have a go on our equisizer(Mechanical horse) and test your riding skills.

In September 2017, HEROS Charity started an Education Programme in recognition of the shortage of stable staff, not only in racing but also across the whole of the equestrian industry.  This October, HEROS Education will be entering its second year,thanks to generous support from The Racing Foundation in the form of a grant of £112,000.

Grace Muir, Founder and CEO of HEROS charity, commented:“These are exciting times for HEROS; not only do we retrain and rehome horses when their racing days are over, we will also be using HEROS horses to enable students from all walks of life to learn in a working yard. This is a huge development for the charity. I am so proud of the students we have helped already and I’m very excited about the future.  The courses we offer give everyone a chance because they are tailored to suit individual needs, enabling learners to meet their own goals in life.  We also hope to address the recruitment challenges facing racing and other equine industries, whilst helping people from all educational backgrounds to become experienced and well trained horsemen/women with rewarding long-term careers.  At our Open Day we are looking forward to showcasing our state-of-the-art facilities and introducing our training providers so students, parents and others can see what we have to offer.”

At the Open Day, students will also learn about the HEROS Racing Academy, run in partnership with Abingdon & Witney College. The Academy delivers courses at all levels, and provides a brand new entry point into the horseracing industry.

In addition to the Racing Academy, the charity organises an Apprenticeship scheme in partnership with Myerscough College; this allows students to take part in courses lasting up 18-months whilst working in an equine setting from the outset.  This allows them to learn, earn, take examinations and gain work experience all at the same time. Furthermore, HEROS Charity is based near Lambourn, the Valley of the Racehorse, so it is a perfect location for students interested in a future career with horses.

HEROS 1st4Sport qualifications are another popular option; these help learners to gain entry to the other courses. Covering the basics in catching, leading, grooming and rugging up to a Level 1 Diploma in horse care, the qualification provides a perfect basis of knowledge for students to progress onto one of the other programmes at HEROS.

Operating with a strong employability theme, the programmes were developed in discussion with local racehorse trainers to ensure they meet racing industry requirements. However, learners will acquire transferable skills to maximise their chances of success in other spheres as well, even if they decide not to go into racing.This is because HEROS also provides teaching in functional skills (Maths and English and life skills) alongside all their equine courses.

For further details on the HEROS Education Programmes and our Open Day, including dates, schedules and costs please contact [email protected] or call 01488 638820.

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