With the first round of judging completed, the finalists of the British Equestrian Trade Association Equine Thesis of the Year award have been announced. The competition, an academic initiative aimed at putting undergraduate research firmly on the map, received entries from 11 universities and colleges with equine-related degree courses across the UK and Ireland.
Each institution took up the challenge to submit one student thesis and the following have made it through to the finals of this prestigious competition.
- Reaseheath College – Louise Swindells. Thesis: An Investigation into the Efficacy of Steaming Hay for Horses.
- The Royal Veterinary College – Rebecca Standen. Thesis: Stability of Equine Atypical Myopathy-Associated Toxins in Serums and Plant Tissues.
- University of Limerick – Sandra Hurley. Thesis: The Effect of Commercially Available Equine Influenza Vaccines on the Risk and Level of Virus Shedding; A Meta-Analysis.
- Warwickshire College – Lee Ann Imboden. Thesis: Investor Demographics and Psychographics in the Thoroughbred Yearling Market.
Each of the students will present their thesis to a panel of expert judges during a special reception at the Woodland Grange Hotel, near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on Sunday 29 October. This is open to the public and members of the academic community. During the event, the winner and runner-up will be announced and awarded a trophy and cash prize.
“The level of undergraduate work submitted has been of an extremely high calibre and really reflects the quality of study being carried out at our universities,” commented BETA executive director Claire Williams. “Selecting the finalists is always tough, but our judges have done a fantastic job in narrowing the field down to the remaining four. We are all looking forward to hearing the presentations and wish each of the candidates the very best of luck.”