A Spaniard has swapped the delights of Madrid for the equine expertise of Cornwall.
Andrea Aliacar Robieno has always wanted to work with horses, but after finding no courses available in her home country took the bold decision at 16 to come to the UK to study.
A friend had previously studied at Duchy College and thoroughly recommended it to her.
“When I came to Duchy College, I had always enjoyed learning English but it was still very much a second language to me. I have learnt an enormous amount since I arrived. I particularly enjoy the biology lessons and learning about equine behaviour” Andrea said.
“I was made to feel really welcome, I live onsite at Stoke Climsland and have made lots of new friends. It is a really nice place to be.”
Andrea is studying the Level 3 Equine Management course at Duchy College Stoke Climsland after successfully completing the Level 2 course last year.
She aims to return to Spain when she completes her studies and become a riding instructor, passing on the knowledge and skills she has learnt at college.
Level 2 Programme Manager at Duchy, Wendy Doney, said she was impressed Andrea made the journey to Cornwall, “regardless of all of her family and friends in Spain”.
“She has embraced the Cornish lifestyle with open arms, has worked exceptionally hard with both her academic studies, her practical skills and continually tries to improve her English, a great challenge, especially with learning equestrian terminology and understanding the scientific aspects of the course,” she continued.
“This hard work was rewarded with exceeding her and her tutors’ expectations in her course grade and was awarded most improved student.”
Duchy College Stoke Climsland is renowned for its equine courses and students gain incredible insights into how to forge a successful career working with horses.