The 2021 BETA Equine Thesis of the Year competition has been won by an equine sports therapy and rehabilitation graduate from Writtle University College.
Isabelle Anderson, from Chelmsford in Essex, collected a £200 cash prize, a trophy and “something really special to put on my CV.”
Isabelle added that she hoped her success would inspire other students who, like her, needed to re-take a year of their studies.
“I felt embarrassed at the time, but I now feel happy that it was the right thing to do,” she added. “I’m surprised but over the moon at having won the BETA Equine Thesis of the Year.
Isabelle was one of four finalists to present her thesis to a panel of judges, watched by an audience of academics and industry figures.
Her winning study was ‘Owner satisfaction with rehabilitation practices for chronic sacroiliac pain in equines in the UK since the year 2000’.
The BETA Equine Thesis of the Year is an annual competition and entries are open for 2022. UK and Irish universities and colleges offering equine-related degrees are invited to submit one entry each.