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

Patrick Delaney

Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Equine Training & Management

Patrick is a highly experienced and qualified lecturer, who teaches on both Hadlow’s FE and HE equine programmes. He is a dissertation supervisor, and the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons)/FdSc Equine Training and Management degrees.

Patrick has worked professionally in the horse industry since 1988.  His career started in equine rehabilitation, working with horses with physical and behavioural difficulties, before spending several years in competitive polo near Cowdray Park.  Following this, he worked at a large riding school/dealing centre/show centre, where he competed in showjumping and dressage, and passed the BHSAI.  In 1994, he qualified as a British Showjumping Course Designer, and in 2008 gained Level 4 status.  This has led to him working and course designing at over 30 leading UK show centres including the likes of Bicton & Hickstead, as well as various Riding Clubs & Pony Clubs.  He has also lectured at various colleges around the UK in the subject of showjumping course design.

He then went on to be Chief Instructor at a BHS riding school and Stage III exam centre, where he passed the BHS Intermediate Teaching exam, the UKCC Level 3, British Horse Racing Education & Standards Trust Certificate in Equine Transport, British Horse Racing Education & Standards Trust Advanced Certificate in Horse Care and the prestigious British Horse Society Stable Manager’s Certificate.  During this time, he also lectured part time at two equine colleges, and gained a HND in Equine Science with Distinction.

He joined Hadlow College in 2010 as an equine lecturer, with particular interest in equitation science & exercise physiology.  During this time, he has gained the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Sector (DTTLS), been awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), & Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills status (QTLS), as well as gaining a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Applied Professional Studies.  Patrick is also a Practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science.  He is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and is a member of Hadlow College’s E-Learning Committee.

As well as his equine interests, Patrick is highly involved in martial arts.  He trains regularly in the Korean martial art of Choi Kwang Do, in which he is a 2nd Degree black belt and certified Head Instructor.  He also holds belt rank in kickboxing.


Lecturer in Equine, Programme Leader BSc/FdSc Equine Training & Management


BSc (Hons) (1st Class) – University of Greenwich
FHEA – Higher Education Academy
DTTLS – University of Greenwich
QTLS – Society for Education
HND Eq. Sci. - EdExcel
BHS SM/IT – British Horse Society
UKCC L3 – British Horse Society
Advanced Cert. in Horse Care - British Horse Racing Education & Standards Trust
Certificate in Equine Transport - British Horse Racing Education & Standards Trust
Diploma in Mental Health Awareness – NCFE
Cert. Safeguarding in Colleges – Pivotal Education

Subject Specialisms

Equitation Science
Equine Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics
Showjumping Course Design
Vocational Learning & Education

Publications & Research

Patrick has contributed to equine books, and various articles in industry related magazines including National Equine Student, and Horse & Rider.  He has also made regular appearances over the years in Horse and Hound magazine for his Course Designing.  He is currently writing a book on equitation science relating to showjumping.
Delaney, P. (2015) The Relevance of Equine Colleges; Meeting the Needs of the Horse Industry? University of Greenwich
Delaney, P. (2016) Student Use of Apps & Social Media in Learning and Self-study University of Greenwich
Delaney, P. (2016) The Relevance of Equine Work Experience to Industry Employability University of Greenwich
Delaney, P. (2017) Do Our Teaching Styles Match the Learning Styles of Equine Vocational Students?  University of Greenwich


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