Do have your heart set on a career working with horses? No doubt youâ€™ve researched the courses available in the UK for equine studies but here are some of the best:
Easton & Otley College
Located in Norfolk, diplomas are available in Horse Care which provide an excellent grounding in the care and management of horses. Extended diplomas and degrees in Equitation and Coaching can also be undertaken here. The courses cover subjects like dressage, show jumping, yard duties and work experience. There are two campuses and youâ€™ll discover students of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in a career with horses. The college also runs courses for agriculture and horticulture students.
Gloucestershire boasts the worldâ€™s largest equestrian education facility on a stunning 360-hectare campus. If youâ€™re looking for exciting work placements, tutoring from world leading professionals and using state-of-the-art facilities then Hartpury is for you. There are four indoor arenas, three outdoor arenas, simulators and 3-D motion capture equipment, commercial livery yard with over 200 horses, an Equine Therapy Centre, annual international events and the Equine Academy for elite riders. It really is the place to be for anyone looking at a career with horses. With a great central location and transport links, youâ€™ll also find lots of high quality Student Accommodation Gloucester.
Northern Racing College
Situated in Yorkshire, the college is a Centre of Excellence for training for the horse racing industry. Qualifications on offer include diplomas and both apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships. Course options include a work-based race horse care course for which no previous experience is required. Upon successful completion, this course leads to full-time employment in a racing yard in the UK. Other options include amateur riding, racing secretarial skills, assistant trainer courses and massage therapy for race horses.
Wrexham Glyndawr University
In Wrexham, North Wales this university has facilities for those wishing to study agriculture, horticulture, animal and equine studies, geography and environmental sciences. There is a choice of two campuses to base yourself with top class facilities. One of the degrees on offer here is not found in many places and that is the Equine Science and Welfare Management degree. The degree focuses on the unique relationship between horse and human with the opportunity to engage in educational visits, here guest speakers and a chance to specialise in a particular vocation.
Royal Agricultural University
Gloucestershire is a top county for both land based and animal studies with a further educational facility at Cirencester. Courses here cover every aspect of equine management and equestrian sports. There are a variety of different degree level courses available including Bloodstock and Performance Management and International Equine and Agricultural Business Management. The university boasts an excellent 96% graduate employability rate and the campus is surrounded by 25 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside, enough to attract and inspire any budding equestrian students.