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: Horse management (equitation) BTEC level 3 extended diploma

  • Content: students can expect to gain a broad grounding in the principal functions of the yard in this hands-on diploma course. Subjects covered include stable and yard management, anatomy and physiology, and horse rehabilitation and health – plus riding on the flat and over fences
  • Venue: Hartpury College, Glos
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Cost: £2,040 per year – but free for under-19s
  • Entrance requirements: minimum of five GCSEs at grade C-plus, including English language and maths. Applicants must ride to at least BHS Stage 1 standard
  • Applications: apply from October for courses starting the following September
  • Contacts: tel: 01452 702345, email:,

Course: FdA equine management

  • Content: a vocational foundation degree designed to prepare students for management roles in the equestrian industry. Study includes coaching horse and rider, practical equine nutrition and training the performance horse. It incorporates special event and facility management modules, plus the opportunity to implement a work project in year two
  • Venue: Myerscough College, Lancs
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Cost: £7,500 per year
  • Entrance requirements: one or more A level passes with a minimum of 80 points, or relevant BTEC/NVQ qualifications
  • Applications: from September, through UCAS, to start the following September
  • Contacts: tel: 01995 642222, email:,

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

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