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Ashleigh Campbell, HNC/D Equine Studies

Star North Highland College student, Ashleigh Campbell of Caithness, was awarded the 'Equine Learner of the Year' prize at the fifth annual LANTRA Landbased Learner of the Year Awards.

This is the first time that the Equine industry have had their own prize category at the awards - which was sponsored by The British Horse Society, Horse Sense, Easterton Stables, and the Scottish Equestrian Association. A total of eleven prize winners from across Scotland were recognised at the awards ceremony. Ashleigh, scored a hat trick win on the night, taking home a total cash prize of £750.00. In addition to the 'Equine Learner of the Year prize, the North Highland College student took home the 'Overall Runner-up' prize sponsored by the Cadogan Trust, and the Highlands and Islands Regional Winner prize, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Ashleigh completed a HNC in Equine Studies with The North Highland College in June 2007, and is a qualified preliminary British Horse Society instructor instructing at her local pony club.

James Munro, an instructor at The North Highland College said, "Ashleigh shows real aptitude in teaching young riders and producing rein show ponies which she has shown successfully at country level and national level shows. She shows all the qualities of someone with a real future and is bringing credit to the equestrian industry." Ashleigh is now continuing her studies with The North Highland College, and is currently studying towards a HND in Equine Studies. William Fergusson (LANTRA's National Director for Scotland) said, "It is vital for the future of these industries that we continue to attract the high calibre of candidates demonstrated this evening. To do this, we must raise awareness of the many challenging and diverse career and training opportunities across Scotland. There are highly skilled jobs with real career progression on offer to new entrants of all ages."