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Equestrian Studies

By studying a equine course at Hadlow College, you can become part of an industry which, with approximately 900,000 horses and 2 million riders in the UK, constantly needs well trained and devoted individuals to give expert care and tuition.

Whilst studying at our main site in Hadlow, students are able to use the excellent facilities and resources which are expertly utilised in all aspects of the course. Practical resources include over sixty horses consisting of; young stock, a stallion, broodmares, schoolmasters and competition horses which allow students to progressively develop their skills through each level.

At our Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre there are up to twenty horses, with modern well equipped teaching areas and a state of the art therapy centre.

Students receive outstanding support from a team of highly qualified teaching staff with extensive and diverse experiences within the equine sector. The experience of training with excellent resources, combined with high expectations, both in lessons and during practical duties, gives every student the best opportunity to achieve. Students have exceptional opportunity to gain genuine hands on practical experience as well as ride and compete quality horses. They gain knowledge and develop their practical skills in horse husbandry, horse handling, grooming, application of tack and equipment, feeding and routine yard management. Students will also study horse behaviour and welfare, anatomy and learn how to work a horse correctly on the flat, if that option is chosen.

In addition to the development of vocational skills, students will develop transferable skills such as; team work, effective communication, presentation skills and problem solving.

Students benefit from field trips to a variety of events and significant equine establishments. In the past these have included; The New Forest, Windsor Horse Show and The King’s Troop. Opportunity is also given to students to compete and help at College run shows using our horses.

The undertaking of vocational qualifications alongside their course are encouraged and supported such as the BHS examinations which are highly recognised by industry.

Work experience is built into all courses (including weekends and holidays) to ensure students develop the necessary employability skills that the industry requires.

Partnerships for Area

Partnerships include Broadfeed and The British Horse Society.

Students also benefit from strong links with international competition riders, the Society of Master Saddlers, Ken Lyndon-Dykes and the partnership with Bell Equine veterinary practice.

Students at Hadlow receive a 5% discount at Speedgate Saddlery.

Careers

  • Groom
  • Trek Assistant
  • Assistant Yard Manager
  • Horse Trainer
  • Equine Yard Manager
  • Event Organiser
  • Riding Instructor
  • Jockey
  • Competition Rider
  • Therapy Centre Assistant
  • Welfare Officer
  • Equine Veterinary Nurse

 

Jenny Paddison

Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Jenny has been passionate about all things equine from a very young age, and has pursued this through an academic career in equine science. Following a Masters degree, she undertook doctoral research in the immunology of equine pregnancy at Aberystwyth University and Cornell Veterinary School.

Alongside this she also presented at various conferences and supervised a number student projects.

Jenny has also enjoyed roles within the equine industry, in the retail sector and as a groom.

Position
 

Programme Leader for BSc (hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Qualifications
 

BSc (Hons) Equine Management
MSc with distinction Equine Science 

Subject Specialism
 

Equine reproduction, biomechanics and research skills

Publications and Research
 

Abstract presented at Endometritis as a Cause of Infertility in Domestic Animals Workshop, Olzstyn, Poland, October 2013.
Paddison, J. (2013) The application of Preimplantation factor to clinical equine reproduction. Colloquium for Equine Reproduction, Nottingham, April 2013.
Paddison et al. (2012) Preimplantation Factor (PIF) displays developmental-related evolving immune anti-inflammatory response of equine endometrial explants in vitro, Equine veterinary Journal Supplement, S42; i-ii

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