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.

Our Equine Unit at Hadlow has outstanding facilities including two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena and stabling for 64 horses. As well as a complete range of show jumps, there are also cross country fences suitable for students training at Level 3 and above. There is a horse walker, high speed treadmill and an extensive range of practical teaching resources.

Facilities at the Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre include: 20 internal stables, indoor and outdoor riding arena, mechanical horse, equine therapy centre (with pool, hydro treadmill, spa and solarium), specialist classrooms / labs and treatment / demonstration areas.

There are horses ranging from school masters and ex-competition horses to youngstock, ensuring students are able to progressively develop their skills during the course

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, and over fences, if the riding 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 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.

Industry Links

As a BHS Where to Train Centre, Hadlow College runs examinations from BHS Stage 1 to Stage 3. Students receive excellent preparation for assessment from highly qualified, supportive staff.

Students also benefit from strong links with professional equine organisations, international event riders, the racing industry and Bell Equine Veterinary Practice.

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Yard Manager
  • Yard Manager
  • Event Organiser
  • Riding Instructor
  • Racing
  • Competition Rider
  • Therapy Centre Assistant
  • Welfare Officer
  • Equine Veterinary Nurse
  • Retail
  • Freelance Coach / Rider
  • Competition Groom
  • Equestrian Transporter
  • Freelance Practitioner
  • Nutritionist

Kim Young

HE Team Leader - Equine

Kim is an experienced instructor with a keen interest in dressage. She has an MSc in Equine Behaviour, Performance & Training, a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and holds a BHSAI qualification. Since she began working with horses in 1988, she has gained experience in a range of disciplines, having worked with Olympic and international dressage horses, international showjumpers, advanced event horses, show horses, liveries and riding school horses. Her experience ranges from grooming and instructing to managerial positions within the industry. 

Kim competes at affiliated dressage and she has competed her current horse through the levels to medium level and trained to advanced medium. This partnership has had some success, with regular placings at regional level and qualifying for the British Dressage Winter National Championships and Pet Plan National Championships. Alongside competing, Kim is also a trainee judge for British Dressage, which involves regular attendance at judges conventions and training seminars.

Whilst studying for her MSc, she was actively involved in carrying out research examining the effect of breast support conditions on female riders. As an experienced teacher, Kim has developed expertise in engaging a range of students to develop a love of learning. 

Programmes taught on:

  • Certificate in BHS Horse knowledge & care (Level 1)
  • Exercise horses under supervision (Level 1)
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding (Level 3)
  • Understand and promote animal health (Level 3)
  • Understand the principles of animal nutrition (Level 3)
  • Understand the principles of Equitation (Level 3)
  • Understand the principles of horse behaviour and welfare (Level 3)
  • Fundamentals of Science (Level3)
  • Equine Industrial Perspectives (Level 4)
  • Equine & Human Sports Science (Level 5)
  • Welfare of the horse (Level 5)
  • Introduction to Therapy and Rehabilitation (level 5)
  • Grassland & Estate Management (Level 5)
  • Introduction to Research Skills (Level 5)

Subject Specialisms

Equine Behaviour, Performance & Training


  • Trainee judge for British Dressage - involving regular attendance at judges convention and training seminars
  • British Dressage Convention 2017
  • Attendee - Hartpury Alltech Student Conference 2017, 2018
  • Quintic Biomechanic Software training 06/07/2017
  • Royal Veterinary College Equine Lecture Series 2017: Research into gait and movement & Equine Diseases, Lame vs neurological: Gait and movement, Diagnostic imaging
  • Equine Sports Science Seminar - Centaur Biomechanics 14/10/2017
  • Attendee Sparsholt College Research Colloquium (Equine biomechanics) 16/02/18
  • BHS Instructors Convention 27/03/18

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