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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.


  • 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


Shannon Taylor RESIZED

Shannon Taylor


Shannon teaches across all FE and HE equine programmes. Specifically for HE; Hydrotherapy Case Studies, Rider Biomechanics and Rehabilitation, Equine Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise and is also a Dissertation supervisor.

Shannon started her career in the equine industry from a young age.  She completed her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Equine Management at Hadlow College, graduating with a Distinction*; as well as achieving her BHS stages one and two through the college. Progressing on to studying BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sport Science at Hartpury College, graduating with a First Class Honours. Currently Completing a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

It was during her undergraduate degree, Shannon developed a keen interest in exercise physiology, rider performance, fitness, injury and rehabilitation. Developing research interests in rider performance and equestrian athlete status. Undertaking her dissertation on ‘Identifying equestrian range of motion and isometric strength of the hip complex and comparing the differences between novice and advanced riders’; a unique topic within equestrian research. Shannon was then fortunate enough to be invited to present her thesis at the annual Alltech Student Conference 2017.

Shannon has had vast industry experience, working and training alongside professional riders in showjumping, eventing, dressage and point to point racing. As well as working within an equine rehabilitation establishment.

Shannon is also qualified in sports and kinesiology taping, pitch side first aid and is a practising qualified Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist. She works privately with a range of athletes ranging from equestrians, rugby players to runners


Equine Lecturer


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Equine Management
BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science
Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist
Kinesiology and Sports Taping
Pitchside First Aid with AED Training
BHS Stages one and two

Subject Specialism

Rider Performance
Injury and Rehabilitation
Human/Equine Exercise Physiology 


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