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
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Laurel Cooke

"It has been great to meet so many people from all over the world, all with the same love for horses"

Laurel Cooke
Level 3 and FdSc in Equine Management

Horses and riding have always been my passion and the only career I could ever see myself doing.  I loved the idea of studying at Hadlow College because I could live there too!  I loved all the practical aspects of the course.  There were some classroom-based lectures, but having a lecture room, which you could bring a horse into was amazing!  Alongside being hands on and being on the yard, putting skills into practice.  

I really loved the social aspect of living at the College and being so close to the yard. Whilst studying towards my degree, I also became a part time yard assistant at College, which really kick started my career.

After completing the FdSc and also achieving my stage 2 at Hadlow College, I went straight into work as a Groom at the Equestrian Sports department at Millfield School, Somerset.  During my 7 years at Millfield, I went from a groom, to a trainee instructor and then to an instructors position, leaving with my Intermediate teaching test and my stage 4 care.

I worked briefly as a family event groom, before my current job, as a Senior Coach at Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre (CEEC), Hong Kong.  Since being at CEEC I have achieved my stage 4 riding and will shortly be taking my BHS Stable Managers exam.  

The course and time spent at Hadlow College was of great benefit, particularly in getting me started with my BHS exams.  All of the theory and practical knowledge that I gained at Hadlow, has helped me in many aspects of my career to date.

One of my highlights would definitely be completing my BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach, I never believed I would have achieved it, and to now to be working towards Stage 5 is very exciting!  The main highlight of my career would definitely be moving to Hong Kong, to work at Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre.  It has been great to meet so many people from all over the world, all with the same love for horses, and to have learnt and grown from their experiences.  It is also a huge bonus to have such a great team to work with, including many added benefits such as competing and training, as well as a fantastic place to live and explore! 

My advice to others seeking a similar role, would definitely be to make the jump and look at working abroad.  Particularly when young, there is so much to gain and learn from working in different places.  Also, to work though the BHS pathways, as these are so beneficial in many aspects of having a career with horses. 

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