Meet Our Students


Level Three Year One Equine students took part in competitions and work experience throughout the year. In the Inter-College Competition, Riseholme came second and third, out of six teams in two different competitions. Students also worked at the Lincolnshire Horse Trials earlier in the year. Their hard work and professional approach were well recognised, and Level Two and Level Three students went on to support the equine events at Lincolnshire Show.

Level Three Extended Diploma Year Two students organised and managed a one-day event on 4th June as part of their event management unit. This involved a competition in the main disciplines of equestrianism, and was open for other students to take part in. This level of organisation and teamwork helps to develop professional skills, in preparation for industry. On 5th June, the students held an in-hand showing show as part of their preparation for presentation unit. The day was a great success.

Animal Management

Animal management students went from strength throughout the year. They participated in many activities, from assisting at Lambing Sunday and conducting farm duties at Bishop Burton College to volunteering with the shoe box appeal, in which they sent over 30 boxes filled with gifts to children in Africa.

Many of our Animal Management students progressed straight into industry after completing their Level Three Extended Diploma. A few examples include:

  • Robin Warburton, who has taken up a position as zookeeper at Woodside Wildlife Park
  • Morgan Bell, who has secured a place as a trainee veterinary nurse with a local practice
  • Madelyn Baptie-Wood, who will be a trainer at Leadenham Polo Club
  • Megan Bell, who started as a research husbandry technician in Harrogate.

Other students are working on local farms, volunteering at local zoological parks and some are starting their own businesses in the dog grooming sector. Remaining students have progressed onto Higher Education, many of which have joined our degree programme at the Showground Campus.

All the Animal Management students have conducted valuable work experience at the Parrott Zoo, which is also linked to the Zoo Husbandry Unit. The students were involved in numerous activities, from preparing the enclosure for the arrival of the new tiger cubs, to working very closely with lemurs, a variety of parrots and even a Mandrill. This industry link provides our students with additional practical skills and knowledge which prepares them for a career in the zoological sector.


Green-fingered gardener Jodie Fedorko scooped the prestigious silver medal at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show with her garden scene 'The Old Forge'. At aged 22, she was one of the youngest designers to have entered. After graduating from Riseholme College with a qualification in horticulture, Jodie went on to gain show experience with founding member of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Marrin Anderson. Her debut entry was sponsored by the charity, and Jodie says the design is aimed at raising awareness of how quickly the disease can take over a person’s life.

Cereals Challenge 2015

The Riseholme team came in second place in the nationally recognised Cereals Challenge 2015 competition, run by Hutchinsons and Velcourt and held at Boothby Graffoe, in Lincoln. The team consisted of Joshua Parkinson (Team Captain), George Thompson, Thomas Wilson and Ryan Wrisdale. The crop of rye was judged on husbandry, agronomy and marketing choices. The estimated average yield was calculated to be 7.75 tonnes per hectare (highest overall yield!). The team closely followed Easton and Otley College, who came first.

Joshua said he really enjoyed participating in the competition, and was thankful to the team for all their efforts.


Agriculture students took part in several fact finding trips throughout 2015, notably to France and Ireland. In Paris, the students attended an agriculture exhibition by 1,700 companies from 42 countries. The students also visited the stunning works at the Louvre, and embraced the French culture.

At the College’s 54th Annual Stockmanship Competition held at Bishop Burton College in May, and in a closely fought competition, the overall champion for agriculture and equine were won by Victoria Haywood and Leah Blake respectively.

Matthew Sparkes – Level Two Agriculture Diploma

Matt came to Riseholme to change his career and find work in agriculture. He was working at Morrisons whilst studying at the College – this did not always come easy with shift changes and working nights. Studying was a difficulty, but Matthew continued to hand in assessments on time and battle the challenges set by his employer. Matthew went on work experience for two weeks in February at a mixed farm in Louth – and was later offered full-time employment.

Zac Coldron – Level Two Agriculture Diploma

When Zac started at the College he had no knowledge or background in agriculture, and was very shy and quiet. As he continued through the year, his confidence improved and so did his knowledge. Zac continued to get assignments in on time and achieved merit and distinction profiles across units. His biggest challenge came when the mock Interviews were happening, but this didn’t faze him – and he achieved the highest score in the assessment, of 39 out of 40.

Land-Based Engineering

Josh Green, a Level Two Land-Based Technology student, came to us after leaving school with little or no prior knowledge of the subject and has been a model student all year. Josh always works to the best of his ability, helps others, works well in a team, has excellent manners, timekeeping and attendance, and demonstrates the College values, which has led to Josh securing an apprenticeship with a company in Lincoln servicing and maintaining power tools and equipment.

Student Ben Wallhead received the Ray Larrington Trophy from LAMMA member John Sartain at the LAMMA 15 show awards ceremony. The trophy was awarded to Ben in recognition of his outstanding work on the Level Two Diploma in Land-Based Technology programme, which is supported by LAMMA in the form of scholarships to assist young people enter the world of engineering. Ben has been successful in obtaining an engineering apprenticeship position with Patrick Dean Farms, in Lincoln.

The College Challenge Stock Judging Competition involved 21 teams of four students. Each student judged either butchers lambs, breeding ewes, lamb carcases or breeding heifers.

The Riseholme College Challenge Stock Judging teams came away from the East of England showground with first and third place.

The winning team of Jackson Maplethorpe, Lucy Robinson, Vicky Haywood and Alex Walker scored 331 points. Alex scored a fantastic 96 out of 100 points.

Aboriculture and Forestry

Level Three Arboriculture and Forestry students attended the APF show in Warwickshire. The APF is the UK’s largest arboricultural exhibition. Students were able to view and compare the latest machinery and technologies in the industry. There was also the chance to cheer on the competitors for the Husqvarna Pole Climbing Championships and European Chainsaw Carving Championships.

Tyler-Jason Sullivan-Barnes enrolled on the Level Threee Subsidiary Diploma in Arboriculture after gaining industry experience at Hill Holt Wood. He would be the first one to admit that academia is not his strongest asset; however, he has been an exemplary learner who has continually pushed his own ability. His attendance and his attitude to his peers and tutors alike being first class, Tyler has also recently gained his NPTC Chainsaw Maintenance and Felling certificates, which will be a great asset to his future career.


On the firing range, the shooting team attended the 30th Annual Clay Shooting Championships, in Warwickshire. George Mills scored our highest score of 42. The teams did well in some testing conditions, and all the scores were very close between the other college teams.

New Course Development

Riseholme entered a new era in education, running foundation degrees in agriculture, equine and animal management from September 2015. Students develop further the vocational skills required by industries and make full use of the new Showground Campus, as well as facilities at Bishop Burton College, as part of their learning.