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Fell pony photo wins competition
Greenholme Grey Bobby II starred in the winning photo.
NEF announces winning image featuring “spectacular sunset”.

The National Equine Forum (NEF) has revealed the winner of its second annual photography competition.

Lorna Elliot’s photo of her pony standing in front of dramatic orange clouds at sunset has been chosen as the winner.

It stars Greenholme Grey Bobby II, an 11-year-old fell pony, and was taken on the spur of the moment.

Ms Elliot, who lives in the Scottish Borders, explained: “I was finishing up at work as the sun was setting and I thought the colour of the sky was just amazing, so I went home via my pony’s field to see if I could get some nice pictures.”

She said that for the photo, the pony “was very cooperative, which is unusual as he can be a bit of an antisocial character at times!”

The winning photograph was chosen from 34 submissions, which included entries from as far afield as Bulgaria and the USA.

Ms Elliot will receive a food hamper and her picture will feature on the cover of the 32nd National Equine Forum programme. The forum takes place next year, on Thursday, 7 March.

NEF convener Georgina Crossman said: “This is the second year we have run the photography competition and once again we received some beautiful and creative entries.

“It’s never easy to produce a shortlist, let alone pick a winner but on this occasion the committee was unanimous. We especially liked Lorna’s use of the spectacular sunset to highlight the windswept, natural look of one of the UK’s iconic native pony breeds.”

Image © Lorna Elliot

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.