Myerscough teacher Adam gets some top marks

Good teacher:  Adam Cummins, second right, with Instructor of the Year judges Carl Hester, Di Lampard and Darrell Scaife
Good teacher: Adam Cummins, second right, with Instructor of the Year judges Carl Hester, Di Lampard and Darrell Scaife

A member of Myerscough College’s equine staff has been recognised as one of the best in the country, after being named as a runner-up in the final of the British Horse Society’s Instructor of The Year competition.

Lecturer Adam Cummins, also a former student, made the shortlist for the event at Warwickshire College, with the panel judging him to be in the top three.

The aim of the competition is to encourage and inspire coaches.

The final saw three esteemed judges from the professional equine world assessing flatwork and jumping coaching sessions, plus presentations from the finalists on stable management.

This year, the competition was judged by Carl Hester, London 2012 Olympic dressage gold medallist, Di Lampard, former international showjumper, and Darrell Scaife, recently qualified Fellow of The British Horse Society.

To qualify, Adam, from Preston, had to showcase his talents by teaching a ridden lunge lesson and semi-private jump lesson. From this, he showed the most potential out of all the candidates as a coach to qualify for the main event.

He said: “The competition has been a great learning curve, and I’d thoroughly recommend any Instructor to give the competition a go.’’

“It was great to network with the other instructors and even better to meet some of the royalty of the equestrian world that are Carl, Di and Darrell. I’m just delighted to be recognised.’’

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Carl Hester said: ‘’The British Horse Society is committed to helping coaches reach their full potential and one of the aims of this competition is to showcase the talent that we have working in the equestrian world in the UK.”