Princess Anne to visit Melton

Princess Anne arriving at Brooksby Melton College to open the new �1.1m Animal and Equine Centre PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150605-144803001
Princess Anne arriving at Brooksby Melton College to open the new �1.1m Animal and Equine Centre PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150605-144803001
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Princess Anne is returning to Melton next week to visit two thriving establishments which educate young people.

She will fly in to the village campus at Brooksby Melton College to officially open the upgraded animal management and equestrian centres on Wednesday morning.

The Princess Royal will then make the short journey into town to meet staff and students at Melton Learning Hub, which offers practical courses to youngsters who are disengaged from learning.

Her visit to the Hives campus at Brooksby comes almost three years after her last trip to the college, when she inspected the then new £1.1 million Animal and Equine Centre.

Principal Chris Ball said: “We are extremely honoured to be welcoming Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to officially open our brand new facilities.

“The campus will be a hive of activity on the day and our students are really looking forward to demonstrating their skills to such a prestigious audience. “We are very proud of our fantastic new centre, which further enhances our commitment to providing an outstanding learning experience for all of our students.”

The princess will inspect the college’s new rehabilitation and therapy unit, which offers students the opportunity to further develop their knowledge, and gives clients a fantastic resource for horses after they have competed or when they are recovering from injury.

She will be given a demonstration of the Activo-Med water treadmill, which offers both pressure and support for a horse’s limbs to tighten core strength

muscles and ligaments, and see the Maxuss Solarium - equipment which uses heat energy to penetrate the skin and stimulate the muscles by increasing blood circulation after competition.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness will be invited to observe a show-jumping lesson in the outdoor arena and students will also be showcasing their dog-grooming skills throughout her time there.

Brooksby’s Animal Management Centre now boasts some of the best training facilities in the region. Its specialist, purpose-built animal care unit houses a huge range of exotic amphibians and reptiles, including the infamous Iggy the Iguana.

students work with a large variety of species, which means they are well equipped to develop careers within the industry.

The college’s Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society-approved riding school, livery yard and competition centre which is available to hire outside of teaching hours.

The princess has been a regular visitor to the borough over recent years. Previous trips have included visits to the Defence Animal Centre, Carnegie Museum and the Mount Group Riding for the Disabled’s centre at Somerby.