Duns students Chelsea Scobbie and Daisy Wood have learned new skills after working at a riding centre in the Algarve.
The Leonardo Da Vinci Mobility Porgramme gives students the opportunity to experience working in other European countries on work placement. Chelsea and Daisy, both Level 3 Horse Care students at Borders College, completed their summer placement at Pinetrees Riding Centre in the Algarve district of Portugal.
The Algarve stables provide riding lessons for local people. The centre also attracts a lot of visitors to the area and is the largest Riding for the Disabled centre in Portugal.
Both girls returned home feeling they had benefitted greatly from the experience, learning new skills and gaining confidence and received a very good report from Beverley Gibbons, the owner of the stables.
Once Chelsea had completed her Level 3 qualification in June, she approached Beverly about the possibility of returning to work at the stables for the summer. In July she flew out to Portugal taking with her another horse care student, Reeannan Davidson and the two girls worked hard through the summer season and received very positive feedback from their employer.
“Chelsea and Reeannan have been fabulous this summer. They have given so many holiday riders a great and positive riding experience and have been an asset to the Pinetrees team. You really know at Borders College how to make your students employable.”
Whilst there, the three girls learnt more about the horses lifestyle in a hot country as well as improving their knowledge and skills through riding different types of horses. They also had plenty of opportunity to practice their customer skills as well as having the opportunity to learn about the Portuguese way of life.
Chelsea is already planning to go back to Portugal in April for another busy holiday season, saying: “It has been one of the best experiences of my life, when I came home after the placement I never expected to be asked back to work for the summer. To have been chosen to go through the Leonardo Da Vinci programme was a brilliant experience but being asked back in my own time was great. I advise anyone that gets the chance, to jump at it.”