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The Real Cost of Equestrianism

Extended Project presentation.
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Eleanor Golton

on 27 March 2013

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Transcript of The Real Cost of Equestrianism

Evaluation Objectives The Real Cost of Equestrianism Explore whether or not the financial costs of equestrianism have changed over the past 50 years?

Describe fully the impact that the global economic downturn of 2008 had on the UK equestrian industry in regard to accessibility and costs?

Explain the extent of the impact welfare concerns have to the equestrian industry, the moral and ethical costs.

Evaluate the challenges equestrians have to overcome in order pursue their interest- the juggling act which occurs when balancing time between society and equestrianism. Planning I used both a mind-map and a Gantt chart to monitor my project.

The mind-map allowed me to record my initial ideas and guide me throughout my project.

Whereas, the Gantt chart was more precise enabling me to track the time scale of each task.

Using both was a success as the mind-map was creative and the Gantt chart was more professional.

Throughout my project I amended my plans. Methodology In order to meet my objectives, I collected a number of both secondary and primary data.

I used a selected sample of equestrians.

I chose two methods of sampling; questionnaires and interviews.

Along the way, I encountered a number of difficulties sourcing research due to the nature of my topic. Research For my secondary sources I used a variety of sources;
Books
Articles
Television Programs
Radio Programs
Pamphlets
Leaflets
Statistics
Magazines
Journals
Media Packs Secondary Findings Initial Ideas
The subject of Equestrianism immediately appealed to me.

I had considered a more practical route based around producing my novice horse to dressage standard and completing a prelim dressage test.

However, I wanted to incorporate my subjects; English Literature, History, Economics and Philosophy.

To link in to all my current courses I decided that looking into the financial, ethical, moral and psychological costs of equestrianism. Development Throughout my project I continuously developed my objectives to greater understand my research.

The initial development stage allowed me to formulate a plan in a mind-map form to display my ideas. I also created a Gantt Chart.

During my project I was faced with a number of challenges.

As a result I considered changing my title from 'The Real Cost of Equestrianism' to 'The Changing Costs of Equestrianism' but I realized this would limit my research. Interviews produce open ended responses based on personal opinions.

I conducted a total of 6 interviews with a broad range of people from the equestrian industry.

83.3% of those interviewed said that they make sacrifices in order to maintain their involvement within the industry.

100% stated that the industry has a positive affect on their well being and that the benefits exceed the costs. Questionnaire responses are quantitative therefore can be easily
displayed in diagrams and charts.
I conducted a focus group with 12 people.
To publish my questionnaire, I used the online survey hosting website
'www.surveymonkey.com'
I sourced respondents through the popular equestrian forum, Horse & Hound. 107 people participated in my questionnaire, exceeding my target of 50. Gantt Chart Mind-Map Interviews Questionnaire Questionnaire: those before hand seen in figure 3. Figure 4 displays data to correspond with my objective 'Describe fully the impact that the global economic downturn of 2008 had on the UK equestrian industry in regard to accessibility and costs?' as it questions the costs before the recession which I can compare to (Figure 3) (Figure 4) Interviews: Surprising facts:
The industry is worth 3.8 billion in the UK alone
Equestrian disciplines combined are more popular than Rugby, Cricket or Fishing within Great Britain
6% of the british population have ridden within the past 12 months
73% of riders are female

This YouTube clip epitomizes the challenges in which equestrians face; Achieving Objectives My research will include:

Primary
Questionnaires
Interviews
Secondary
Statistics
Written information (books, articles, pamphlets, leaflets, journals)
Audio- Visual information (radio and television programs)

This will allow me to triangulate the quantitative and qualitative data. Primary Findings Justification of Research Writing My Report It was essential for my project that I collected both quantitative and qualitative data.

I needed to ensure that I used a broad range of sources to avoid bias.

In turn, my secondary research was valid and reliable. Before I wrote my report, I collected my research and compared it in a table.
From this, I was able to devise a basic essay plan.
This helped me determine the structure of my report.
In turn, I organized my report into chapters to focus my writing. Through my Questionnaire, I found out a great deal to contribute to my objective; 'Explore whether or not the financial costs of equestrianism have changed over the past 50 years?.' Figure 1 shows that 82% of respondents feel that costs have increased.
Figure 2 illustrates that the class divide is narrowing with 27.8% of riders being in the average wage category opposed to being 'top earners. (Figure 2) (Figure 1) Overall, my project was a resounding success.

In the end, I was able to meet each of my objectives.

My overall performance was alright, however, I could of improved this by having better organization skills.

I gained a clear insight into 'The Real Costs of Equestrianism.'

I could of improved my time management skills.
My initial plan. As I went along, I amended my plan when I completed tasks. For my last plan, I adjusted the dates for my essay as it took a lot longer than expected. I created a mind-map to decide upon a suitable title for my project. In addition, I kept track of key dates and planned my research objectives. When I had met a date or made a decision, I would bold the text and change the colour.
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