Equestrian training courses: breeding and bloodstock

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Getting ahead in the equestrian industry means proving that you can offer the complete package.

Employers need people who can fit into a team but show the initiative to work alone, and who can back up equestrian knowledge with practical experience.

The right training underpins these skills and it is important to research the options before you invest your time and money.

Course: BSc (Hons) equine breeding and stud management

  • Content: students can gain extensive understanding of the science relating to breeding and the principles of stud management in this degree course. There’s opportunity to put theory into practice at the college’s own working stud, Lordships, which stands native and competition stallions and has modern AI facilities and a selection of broodmares and youngstock
  • Venue: Writtle College, Essex
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Cost: £8,000 per year
  • Entrance requirements: 240 UCAS points (or equivalent), plus some practical experience with horses or riding
  • Applications: from September, through UCAS, to start the following September
  • Contacts: tel: 01245 424200, email: info@writtle.ac.uk, www.writtle.ac.uk

    Course: Diploma in stud practice and management

  • Content: a comprehensive training programme dedicated to the thoroughbred breeding industry. It combines practical experience working on a commercial stud during the breeding season with theoretical lectures, workshops and visits to relevant organisations. Students work with mares and foals, teasers and racehorses at rest, as well as participating in foaling duties and assisting with veterinary w ork
  • Venue: The National Stud, Suffolk
  • Duration: 5 months full-time
  • Cost: nothing to EU applicants – training and accommodation are free and an allowance and uniform are provided
  • Entrance requirements: 18 years and over, ideally with stud industry experience and sound academic capability
  • Applications: close in September for the February to June course
  • Contacts: tel: 01638 675922, email: students@nationalstud.co.uk, www.nationalstud.co.uk

    To read the full feature on equestrian training courses see the current issue of H&H (26 July 2012)

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  • Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk