We enjoyed another successful year at the Kent County Show, showcasing our curriculum to prospective students in the glorious sunshine!
On the Saturday and Sunday morning, we ran a tractor-driving course for the Kent Young Farmer Clubs’ competitions, with the aim of the game being to negotiate a course of cones with added hazards to load a pallet onto the back of a trailer, all within a time-frame. Members of the public were also invited to have a go at negotiating the cones at the wheel of the New Holland T6.
We also ran a fault-finding competition for the public and Young Farmers, where participants had to identify the faults which our Agricultural Engineering team had purposely added to our state-of-the-art Valtra N174D tractor with integrated smart technology.
Visitors were able to see vintage tractors restored by our Agricultural Engineering students in the heritage section and witness our Equine Studies students ably assisting with the arena parties in the Astor Ring across the three days. The principal course builder for the Astor Ring competitions, Kelvin Bywater, gave the team a debrief at the end of the Show and it was great to hear him declare that he regards them and the students that come from Hadlow as one of the best arena party teams in the country. Kelvin is an experienced and seasoned international course builder who works at Hickstead, Olympia and the Birmingham International Horse Show, as well as many venues overseas.
The College’s friendly Marketing team were also on site to provide advice and guidance on land-based careers.