Gloucestershire students at Hartpury College have been getting hands-on a the weekend, running a dog agility event that they have helped to organise.

Competitors came from all over, as the college hosted the UK Agility sanctioned event for the first time.

Animal students from the college got hands-on experience of running a large-scale canine event as they took charge over the weekend. They were also involved in the planning and organisation of the competition.

The plan is for student involvement to increase next year, as Hartpury look for students to be more heavily involved in running and planning all aspects of the event.

Hartpury’s Animal Collection Manager, Aleksandra Lipinska, who has been involved with arranging the event alongside the students, said: “We were really excited to be hosting such a big event and it was great to give our students experience of running such a big event.”

There were classes for beginner, novice, senior and champion dogs - taking part in agility, jumping, steeplechase and casual events. Competitors entered right up until the beginning of each class.

Hartpury College is one of the UK’s leading land-based, sports, equine and animal colleges. Hartpury is the world’s largest equine education facility.