Equine student wins Thesis of the Year

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Equine student wins Thesis of the Year
Equine student wins Thesis of the Year

Equine student, Lisa Randle, who is studying BA (Hons) in Equine Studies, via distance learning is the winner of this year’s ‘Eqvalan Duo Equine Thesis of the Year Award’ from the Royal Agricultural Society.

Lisa conducted a study about the prevalence of obesity and health issues in mature leisure horses in the Midlands.

Judge Rachael Kay explained why Lisa’s thesis was chosen as the winner from the five finalists: "The judges felt that Lisa’s findings regarding obesity and health-related matters carried valuable information for the leisure horse industry and we were unanimous that the study deserved to be awarded first place."

The award, which is sponsored by Merial, manufacturers of the Eqvalan wormer, recognises the exceptional equine academic achievements being undertaken every year at colleges and universities throughout the UK.

Lisa received a £500 cheque, a trophy, certificate and five years’ free membership to the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

She will now present her work at the National Equine Forum next year, as well as working closely with tutor Julie Ellis, to turn her dissertation into a paper for one of the veterinary journals next year.

This year’s other finalists and their chosen subjects were:

- Rosie Foster, Writtle College. "Positive versus Negative Reinforcement: The effects of target training on measurable equine fearfulness towards a novel stimulus"

- Sarah Helen Rainford, Reaseheath College. "Can a Thirty Minute Hippotherapy Session Significantly Increase the Range of Motion of Four Joints in Five Physically Disabled Children over an Eight week period?"

- Abigail Erian, Royal Agricultural College. "An investigation into the pH of the oesophageal, fundic and pyloric regions of the equid stomach in relation to gastric ulceration, using slaughter house material"

- Roisin Griffin, University of Limerick. "A study of growth Rates in Irish and American Born Thoroughbred Foals"

- Petra Gashi, Anglian Ruskin University. "Is the first response of a horse to human presence linked to social status in the herd?"

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