Horse re­search earns Lucinda sci­ence award

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

IT’S a prob­lem that has chal­lenged horse own­ers ev­ery­where over the decades. But an in-depth study of the sub­ject by an Ash­ford teenager has been hailed as vi­tal re­search by sci­ence ex­perts. Horse mad Lucinda Giles, 15, from Stonecum-Ebony, com­pleted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crib bit­ing be­hav­iour of a pony and the re­sults have won her top awards from the Bri­tish Sci­ence As­so­ci­a­tion. In­vited with her High­worth Gram­mar School teacher Karen Emery to their three-day Lon­don Youth Sci­ence Fair – opened by the Duke of York and at­tended by many top sci­en­tists and politi­cians – her ef­forts won both a sil­ver award for re­search and the John Innes bi­ol­ogy prize at a cer­e­mony hosted by TV pre­sen­ter Kate Hum­ble. Teacher Karen said: “It was a fan­tas­tic re­sult for Lucinda, who keeps five horses at home, and for the school. “Her work at­tracted great in­ter­est and her the­o­ries are be­ing fol­lowed by nu­mer­ous horse own­ers.”

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