Kirsten is up for award

Seventeen-year-old Kirsten Porteous, from Corrie near Lockerbie, has reached the final of the 2014 Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

Kirsten, who studied for a National Certificate in Horse Care, was nominated by staff at the Barony campus of Scotland’s Rural College. She will discover whether she has won her category when she attends the prestigious awards ceremony in the Hilton Hydro Hotel at Dunblane on Thursday, March 6.

Lantra is the sector skills council for land-based and environmental industries, working to ensure rural businesses access the training, qualifications, skills and knowledge they need. Its respected awards recognise excellence and commitment.

Kirsten grew up on a farm, has always been around horses and always wanted a career working with them. She is currently employed as a groom by Ken Ruthven Carriage Horses in Lockerbie.

Kirsten’s course at Barony provided the first step on the ladder of professional qualifications within the industry. It develops practical skills so that students work safely and competently with horses.

The Equine courses offered at SRUC Barony and SRUC Oatridge (at Broxburn) provide an opportunity for students to progress to various levels as they build their knowledge, skills and confidence. Among the courses available are the Advanced Certificate in Horse Care, HNC and HND in Equine Studies and SVQ 2&3 Modern Apprenticeship.