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: Foundation apprenticeship (incorporating level 2 diploma in work-based racehorse care)

  • Content: a fast-track opportunity for potential racing yard staff, teaching the foundations of riding out and working in a busy yard. Students progress from riding in the indoor school to the round canter track and spend the last three weeks on the seven-furlong straight gallop. Some 70% of the course is completed through lectures, classroom-based study and practical tuition, with the remainder finished within a year through a guaranteed job in the industry.
  • Venue: British Racing School, Suffolk
  • Duration: 9 weeks full-time
  • Cost: nothing – residential training is free
  • Entrance requirements: 16 to 22yo EU citizens, weighing less than 60kg. No experience required
  • Applications: ongoing
  • Contacts: tel: 01638 665103, email:,

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

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