Eventful time for business students
A group of enterprising students from the Equine Business Management course came up trumps after each of them was given 16 weeks in which to organise and hold an event. The ideas the students came up with were many and varied, and several good causes benefited from their efforts.
Sophie Zeidan organised an 8-mile cross country Fun Horse Ride. The event was a great success, raising over £100 for her local school playground : the Lawns Playing Field Association, in Chittlehamholt. Zara Triplett responded to the cancer scare in her home town, and to the fact that her main tutor is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, by organising an auction for Cancer Research. Senior Warden Duncan Elliott was the auctioneer and the total raised from the several hundred students who attended the auction was £627.89.
Kim Vanpelt and Kim Baker worked together to hold a slave auction during Children in Need week. They sold students to each other and members of staff to do jobs such as car and stable cleaning. The 25 slaves auctioned raised £271.50 for Children in Need. Catherine Milward organised a fun Christmas showjumping competition at Gingerland Farm, Cullompton and raised £60 for Riding for the Disabled. Lynsey Keeble had a very different plan, organising a guided tour of the Wrigleys factory in Plymouth for eleven students including First Years on her course. April Hodges organised a shopping expedition to Cribb's Causeway, Bristol : another trip with a difference with plenty of logistics and administration involved.
Speaking on behalf of all the students, Zara Triplett said: "It was a really good experience. We all found it was easier to work as a team rather than on our own. When everyone chipped in the events went more smoothly. It will be good to say we have run an event when we are applying for jobs.' Tutor Susan Smith said: "They have all picked interesting subjects, done well and enjoyed themselves. Business does not have to be a dry subject."