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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

 

Sarah Hankey

Lecturer

Sarah has a BA (Hons) degree in Equine Studies Management and Technology and BHS Stage 3 and Stage 4 qualifications. She has worked for a number of years in a variety of lecturing positions across both further and higher education. She is currently responsible for the human and equine sports science module; helping students explore new topics and investigate the impacts of training practices on the performance of horses through the use of technologies such as heart rate monitoring, and gait analysis.

Sarah enjoys supporting and encouraging learners through both coaching and mentoring.

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