Pia Kaiser-Morris studied on a foundation degree and then went on to study BSc Equine Management at Askham Bryan College.
Pia had previously been pursuing other career routes before joining Askham Bryan for her foundation degree and her subsequent degree. “I am interested in Equine Studies as I have loved horses all my life. I have my own horse and feel a life revolving around horses is ideal for me. I have previously pursued another career but have always wanted to improve my horse knowledge and to doors to equine careers.”
The course was a great choice for Pia, who loved it through and through, “I love the science and the research. I think it is brilliant to be able to learn about horses in depth and having been taught to research properly. I am not able to investigate and analyse subjects of interest further and feel I have been given so much knowledge as well as the academic tools to improve myself. Subjects I particularly enjoy are equine nutrition, equine behaviour and recent advances in the equine industry.”
It is clear that Pia has enjoyed the course and which has improved her knowledge and skill base but it also gave her unique experiences like her work placement that gave her the chance to work with an Olympic dressage rider. “… it was an amazing experience. I worked for a former Olympic dressage rider, the late Laura Fry. I had to work hard bit the experience was invaluable. I have had the unique opportunity to ride horses at Laura Fry’s yard, which has been an absolute privilege and I am glad I did it!”
On considering future employment, Pia believes that her course has set her up well for the moving forward. “The course offers a lot of industry related modules. The equine modules are the obvious ones, but there are other modules focusing on business, sustainability and research methods. This equipped me with the broader knowledge base which I should be able to apply when searching for jobs."
As a round-up to her experience she said it was – “A brilliant college with super staff – I made the right choice!” Pia is now a lecturer for Askham Bryan College.