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Hartpury College: Top of the class in equestrian studies

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

Equine studies at Hartpury College

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WITH outstanding facilities and a worldwide reputation for providing a full range of educational opportunities and supporting top riders, why wouldn’t you want to study equine at Hartpury College?

Hartpury Equine is one of the largest equestrian colleges in the world, providing top class education from A-levels and equivalents right through to honours and Masters degrees, supporting more than 600 equine students towards their dream career.

There are around 230 horses on the site, all belonging to current students or loaned to the college for student riding and practicals.

All students have full access to the facilities, including four indoor arenas, two outdoor arenas, an Equine Therapy Centre and cross-country schooling facilities.

The Hartpury Equine Academy provides a unique learning experience for students, with a focus on preparing equestrian athletes for future success. The coaching team includes stars of the equestrian world, Carl Hester, Corinne Bracken and Nick Burton.

Lucy Nielson, 17, a student on a BTEC equine diploma, said: “I am really loving the course.

“I love getting up in the morning, making sure my horse’s stable has been cleaned out and that he has been fed and groomed.

“You get a lot of hands on experience here and plenty of opportunities to improve your skills, which is great.”

Charlotte Holden, 19, added: “I came to Hartpury because my friend came here and she competed here. She recommended the place and I can see why. It’s fantastic.”

Hartpury Equine also organises and runs three major events annually – the Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular, Hartpury Festival of Dressage and NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

It also provides a base for national championships such as Riding for the Disabled as well as affiliated and unaffiliated shows most weekends.

The impressive Equine Therapy Centre provides treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions, offering excellent facilities, physical therapy and the latest techniques in equine rehabilitation.

BSc (Hons) bioveterinary science student Vikki Purves, 21, from Oxford, was using the water treadmill when we dropped by.

This enables horses to enter a tank of water and walk on a treadmill with the resistance of walking through the water helping to repair and strengthen muscles.

She said: “This is what it’s all about for me, being able to get hands-on with the equipment and the horses. It is the best way to learn.”

Everywhere you look at Hartpury Equine, you see high quality facilities and equipment designed to aid the students in their learning, but also to help the horses in all forms of their development and wellbeing.

Hartpury Equine is about much than preparing top athletes for success.

Around half of students use their qualification to progress into general career paths including teaching, sales, law and veterinary, keeping horses as a hobby.

Others move quickly up equine career paths, utilising their experiences at Hartpury to improve equine health, performance, welfare and business in the UK and internationally.

* To book a place at the next Open Day at Hartpury visit: Hartpury.ac.uk

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