Stubbing Court Showcases Horsey Careers
Stubbing Court Training (SCT) promoted its Work Based Learning opportunities
in the Horse Care Industry at high profile events in Derby and Chesterfield
Derbyshire Skills Festival - organised by the Derbyshire Learning
and Skills Council - was held at Pride Park in Derby and at the
Chesterfield Hotel in Chesterfield.
Aimed at local 14-16 year olds, the event showcased a wide variety
of exciting career opportunities available following compulsory
education. The whole Festival saw in excess of 8,000 visitors from
56 Derbyshire schools and the wider community.
took three ponies to the two-day event in Derby - Pepsi, Locky and
Badger - accompanied by existing SCT Advanced Modern Apprentices
and staff. These included Ruth Hancock (19) employed at Poplar Farm,
Hobster (18) from Brook Farm Livery Stables, Somercotes, Maria Kavanagh
Barleyfields EC, Derby, Sarah Troke (24) and Debbie Williams (24)
people were able to get a better understanding of the career options
open to them in the equine industry in addition to getting 'hands
on' experience in handling and grooming the ponies. Some youngsters
were even brave enough to have a go at picking out feet - a job
which has to be done on a daily basis to remove any dirt and stones
that may get into the ponies feet.
Modern Apprentice, Ruth Hancock, from Poplar Farm, Duckmanton, Chesterfield
"The Skills Festival was a great way to give teenagers a realistic
experience of what it is really like to be around horses and the
kind of care that they need. I was amazed
that some of the young people who came to have a go, had never been
near a horse before."