UWE’s Associate Faculty, Hartpury, set in an idyllic countryside location is the home of all equine and land-based courses. A pioneer for excellence and academic achievements, the Gloucester-based campus’ busy summer brought to stage a mixture of sporting competitions and events.
The beginning of the season saw Hartpury decked in its finest ahead of the Festival of Dressage. July 9 marked the premiere of the five-day equestrian celebration, bringing together the world’s best dressage riders. Among those competing were Great Britain’s London 2012 Olympic gold medal winners, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, along with Michael Eilberg on Woodlander Farouche. The event showcased riders from 19 nations which took part in more than 40 classes and celebrated their success with a Gala Performance.
At the end of July, Hartpury played host to the RDA’s (Riding for the Disabled Association) National Championships. A UK charity dedicated to improving lives through education, therapy and fun, the RDA event harnessed a hugely successful performance from competitors from all over the UK. Ryan Gwilliam from Dymock, a pupil at Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury, achieved a Double First while riding the Maisemore RDA Group’s pony, Billy.
Between the 5th and 10th of August, the Gloucester location hosted the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials, a World Class equine event. The fast-paced competition brought in excellent results from Englishman William Fox-Pitt, New Zealand Rider Tim Price and Australian duo of Christopher Burton and Sam Griffiths.
A blooming summer season concluded with an ode to Hartpury’s success: the campus will take centre stage in the Rugby World Cup in 2015, hosting two international teams. One of the 41 Team Bases across England, it will host the Scottish and the American squads for the duration of the tournament, which takes places in England and Wales between September 18th and October 31st 2015.
By Madalina Ciobanu