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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

 

Jessica Rose

Lecturer

With a Masters in Research in Equestrian Performance, and a first class honours degree in Equine Training and Management, Jess teaches across all of the undergraduate degrees. The key modules that she lectures in are business, professional practice in the welfare industry, nutrition, and introductory therapy and rehabilitation.

Jess is a dedicated owner of two horses and uses her knowledge of behaviour and training theory to ensure their upmost welfare. Jess is training for further BHS stages; working on her flatwork with an advanced school master horse. She has relevant practical industry experience and has previously been employed on dressage and eventing competition yards, enabling her to apply both academic principles and practical skills. Before progressing to lecturing, she worked as a technical instructor at the Greenwich site which provided experience rehabilitating horses through the therapy centre. 

Both her Masters and undergraduate research concerned equine welfare and the current UK equine welfare crisis, an area she is particularly passionate about. Her dissertation research ‘A Preliminary Study Investigating the Equine Welfare Crisis in the UK: Ignorance to Intent?’ was published online by BEFRED and was accepted and orally presented at the Alltech Hartpury Conference in 2017. Her MRes research is currently in the process of being revised for publication. 
 
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