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The Hartpury Equine Academy has a proven reputation for supporting and developing talented young riders to be the best they can be – both in their competition career and academically, opening doors to a career beyond their sport.
Whether you’re a dressage, showjumping or eventing star of the future with the potential to represent your country, we can offer you all the support you need to hit the heights in your chosen discipline.
You’ll be supported by a world class team of coaches and experienced support staff, plus you and your horse will have access to our multi-million pound facilities.
We can also offer you competition support for high profile events, visits to top level riders and trainers’ yards and access to a range of professional support services, including rider performance and biomechanical analysis, psychology, strength and conditioning and physiotherapy – both human and equine.
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There are three levels within the Hartpury Equine Academy: the Elite Squad, the Elite Development Squad and the Development Squad. Membership to each depends upon previous competition history and successful completion of an academy trial. Students are able to apply for Academy membership prior to each academic year.
Please note that applications have now closed for the 2017-18 academic year.
Students are able to apply for Academy membership prior to each academic year.
Those that meet the required standard will be invited to trials that take place at the start of the academic year. Applicants for the squads are also eligible for Hartpury Equine Scholarships, which provide financial support alongside the equestrian coaching programme available.
The Elite and Elite Development Squad applications will be considered from Horse and Rider Combinations that have competed successfully at the following levels:
Eventing – CCI**/CIC** level and above with points won
Dressage – BD Medium level with points won
Showjumping – BS 1.30m with money won
Para Dressage - To be competitive within the FEI Para structure or part of the BEF World Class Development or Podium programmes.
Applications will be considered at Development level from Horse and Rider Combinations that have competed successfully at the following levels:
Eventing – BE Novice with at least 6 BE points won (not foundation points)
Dressage – BD Elementary with points won
Showjumping – BS 1.10m with money won
Para Dressage - To be part of the BEF Rider Development and Talent ID Pathway competing successfully within the RDA and BD Rider Development programmes
There are a maximum of 9 places available in the Elite Squad and each member will receive the following support:
Applications to join the Elite Squad are invited from event riders who have competed successfully and won points at CCI**/CIC** and above, dressage riders who have won points at medium level, Para dressage riders who have competed internationally and show jumpers who have won money at 1.30m and above. You can apply by clicking here.
There are a limited number of places available for the Elite Development Squad. Selection for this squad is for riders currently competing at Development level (or above) and showing the potential to be at Elite level in the future. Consideration for this Squad is at the discretion of the Equine Academy Director
There are a minimum of twelve places available in the Development Squad and each member will receive the following support:
Applications to join the Development Squad are invited from event riders who have competed at BE novice level and have won at least 6 points, dressage riders who have won points at Elementary level and above, and Para dressage riders who have competed successfully within their grade and show jumpers who have won money at BS 1.10m level and above.
Equestrian athletes who have previously been a part of the Development Squad have gone on to achieve in a range of both competitive and business environments.
The final squad selections are announced the after all of the selection trials have taken place with the exception of any trial that is held at a later date due to veterinary issues and a written feedback form will be provided for each rider. Selection for the Elite Development Squad will be at the discretion of the Equine Academy Director.
And if you don’t make it into our equine academy initially, there are still lots of opportunities to develop your riding, including with Hartpury Equestrian Club and with formal riding and coaching sessions from our on-site specialists in your discipline.
Note that stabling applications must be made separately to Academy applications and the demand for stabling is high. Applications for stabling open on the 1st March each year.
To support top level young riders in the Hartpury Equine Academy, the College offers three scholarships annually from September of each year.
This will be offered to a rider who has been on either a British Eventing (or the equivalent overseas National Federation) Pony, Junior or Young Rider team or have been selected onto the British Equestrian Federation’s Excell Programme. The rider will ideally be competing successfully at 2 or 3 star level.
This will be offered to a rider who has been on a British Dressage (or the equivalent overseas National Federation) Pony, Junior or Young Rider team or have been selcted onto the British Equestrian Federation’s Word Class Start programme. The rider will ideally be competing at small tour level.
This will be offered to a rider who has been on a BS (or the equivalent overseas National Federation) Children, Junior or Young Rider team, or been longlisted for a team or selected onto the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Start programme. The rider will ideally have jumped successfully in classes at 1.40 metres and above.
Please apply for scholarship in writing upon completion of your academy application. The letter needs to state why you would like to be considered for a scholarship, this must be supported with an evidenced based competition record relating to the horse that you propose to bring to the academy. Please send your application and supporting letter to The Academy Administrator, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE.
Lizzel’s successful competition career spans three decades and covers eventing to 4* level, producing and competing successfully in dressage up to and including Grand Prix and show jumping on the national county circuit.
Fellow of the British Horse Society (2005), Lizzel worked with the British Eventing Junior Championship Team from 2005-10, helping them to 10 medals, including five gold. In 2011 Lizzel became the Training and Education Coordinator for British Eventing. Alongside Gill Watson, Lizzel set up and runs the Bridging the Gap training initiative, supporting riders making the step into 3* and 4*competitions. From 2011 to 2015, she took over as coach and manager for the Portuguese youth squads at European Championship level.
Lizzel works with many private clients advanced level, coaches at home and abroad, is a qualified NLP practitioner, a qualified coach educator with 1st for Sport and a qualified assessor and internal verifier working across several disciplines.
Carl won team Gold riding Uthopia at the London Olympic Games in 2012 and team Silver riding Nip Tuck at Rio 2016. Carl has also amassed a record amount of national dressage titles. He has competed in five Olympic Games, one World Equestrian Games and four European Championships. Carl and Escapado were the highest placed British combination at the 2004 Athens Olympics as well as the 2005 European Championships, where they finished sixth with a personal record-score. Carl was a member of the Silver medal winning British team at the European Championships, Windsor, UK 2009 riding Liebling, and was also British team silver medallist in the World Equestrian Games, Kentucky in 2010. Carl and Uthopia also won Team Gold and two individual Silver medals at the European Championships in Rotterdam. Carl's GP score of 82.568% was the highest of all the Grand Prix team tests.
Nick is a former International Three Day Event rider and British Team member, having produced a number of top International horses and results. He is now an FEI International Judge, and has officiated at the London Olympic Games, Badminton, Burghley, Adelaide and Kentucky CCI****’s, as well as the World Breeding Championships and the Senior, Young Rider and Junior European Championships. Nick is a list one Grand Prix dressage judge and an FEI Course Director and is also is one of the World Class Development Programme Dressage coaches, producing a number of the Pony, Junior and Young Rider combinations for British Teams. Nick was Chairman for Senior Selectors and Director of International teams for British Dressage from 2008-12 culminating in double Olympic Gold medals. Nick was Director of the Equine Academy at Hartpury for 10 years and is now the Performance Manager for the Hong Kong Jockey Club for dressage and eventing.
Corinne was recognised for her services to Showjumping when she was awarded the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour. In 2010, she was firstly given the management position for the BEF World Class Equine Pathway before leading the European Equestrian Team to Gold at the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Corinne is now part of the UK Sport Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Program 2011-2013. Her accolades include: 2010 Children's Team Gold and Children's Individual Silver; 2011 Children's Team Bronze and Young Rider Team Bronze; 2012 – Junior Team Bronze and Junior Individual Bronze.
Corinne is also involved in the British Showjumping World Class Evolution Squad which is aimed at identifying combinations of riders with promising horses at 4* level or those that are developing towards that level.
For me, it was all about succeeding in my sport and Hartpury is a great place to do that. The trainers and lecturers are all of the highest calibre, so I listened and learned as much from them as I possibly could.
Hartpury’s world class equine facilities are used not only for formal learning but also for work experience, including at our own commercial Equine Therapy Centre and in our events department, supporting our international showpiece events.
Our range of courses offer you everything from an introduction to horse care and riding right through to a more in-depth knowledge of horse management, business, science and equitation.
Did you know that top riders don't even have to leave home to study to get the support they need to be the best of the best at Hartpury?
The Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is provided by British Dressage and British Evening and run exclusively at Hartpury. The apprenticeship in dressage and eventing is putting talented young riders based all over the country on the right path to succeed at the very highest level with the support of mentors who have played a starring role in the equestrian world – as competitors and coaches.
Riders are supported to apply what they learn on 11 ‘centre’ days at Hartpury and as part of a virtual learning programme to improve and evaluate both their own performance and that of their horse. The programme is extremely flexible and is designed to fit in around students’ existing academic commitments or jobs. Many of the current AASE riders are studying for A-levels in their home town or working full-time as well as taking part in top level competitions.