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Support Growing For SkillHORSE

With only two months to go till the inaugural SkillHORSE, support from the equine industry is growing. Fibresand UK Ltd. is kindly providing the surface for the Main Arena, which will play host to the SkillHORSE competitions over the four days, culminating in the Final on the last day. In addition there will be top class displays interspersed between these competitions to entertain the 80,000 visitors expected to SkillCity, The Skills Show at Salford Quays in Manchester 13 - 16 November 2002. The vast majority of visitors will be young people coming to learn more about their potential future careers.

Ian Stark, the Patron of SkillHORSE will be sharing his eventing skills and in addition dressage champion Richard Davison and the ever inspiring show jumper Tim stockdale will be imparting their winning techniques to the crowd. There will also be displays from the King's Troop RHA and demonstrations from the myriad of disciplines from the equine world such as vaulting, horseball, polocrosse and polo.

Stubbing Court Combined Training Group initiated this competition with the help of UK Skills and the Learning and Skills Council, with the Derby College providing the £1000 training bursary to the winning student.

Capel Manor College and Walsall College have also shown their support to SkillHORSE and will be demonstrating saddle making on their stand to those interested in going into the saddlery business and the Worshipful Company of farriers will have farriers on their stand and will outline the process of shoeing a horse.

Visitors to SkillHORSE will also have the opportunity to have a go at many activities throughout the four days, with horses available to practice and learn new skills such as grooming, bandaging, tack fitting and simple first aid. The British Racing School in association with The Northern Racing College are providing a racing simulator so budding jockeys can try their hand at racing.

SkillCity will be the largest and most exciting gathering of skills in Europe. Organised by UK Skills and The Prince's Trust it aims to inspire and motivate young people by demonstrating opportunities for their future careers whilst also acting as a showcase of the UK's skills to the rest of the world There will also be numerous media, sporting and political figures in attendance over the four days. Over 100 different industries will be represented. Visit the website at for more up-to-date information about SkillCity.


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