Leading equestrian presented with fellowship by Moreton Morrell College - The Leamington Observer

Leading equestrian presented with fellowship by Moreton Morrell College

Leamington Editorial 2nd Nov, 2022   0

FOUR decades of unwavering support has led to a leading figure in the equestrian industry being presented with a fellowship from Moreton Morrell College.

Judy Edwards, who was also chief executive of The Pony Club for ten years, has been named a fellow of Warwickshire College and University Centre (WCUC).

The award is in recognition of her significant contribution to the equestrian provision at Moreton Morrell College, which is part of WCUC, and the leading role she played in the development of the wider equestrian industry.

The fellowship was awarded in a ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Warwick, which also saw students graduating from Moreton Morrell College.

Judy has a long-association with the institution and has been a keen supporter of the equine faculty there for over 40 years.

She has judged the horse trials at the college since their inception and was the first individual to represent the equestrian interests of the college on the Board of Governors – a position she held for six years.

In recognition of her contribution to equestrian sport, Judy was presented with the British Equestrian Writers Association Award.

She said: “I am extremely surprised, proud, and honoured to have been made a fellow. The campus is delightful and it is such a great institution. In fact, two of my sons studied here and have gone on to develop very successful careers.

“Over the years I have enjoyed my involvement with the college, be that on the board of governors, or as show jumping judge – a role I have held for in excess of 40 years.

“The role education plays in driving more young people to work in the equine sector is greatly important. Moreton Morrell College was the first to introduce courses in the equine area and those courses have now developed into degree courses.

“I have been proud to support the development of the work placement scheme at the college, and annually offered work placements during my time at The Pony Club.

“Being a fellow will give me opportunities to continue my involvement with the college and support the development of more skilled individuals for the equine sector.”

Angela Joyce, CEO of WCUC, added: “The title of fellow is the highest accolade we can award as a college group and university centre. Fellowships are presented after great consideration and we were delighted to recognise Judy Edwards this year.

“Judy has given the college and the industry are huge amount so we are delighted she has become a college fellow.

“As with all industries, equestrianism is changing and with the support of key industry figures, past and present, we will continue to develop students with the necessary skills for successful careers.”

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