Hartpury College

Equine Academy


The Hartpury Equine Academy aims to support and develop high calibre riders seeking to build a competitive career in one of the four Olympic disciplines whilst continuing their academic education. From September 2014 there will be three levels within the Hartpury Equine Academy: the Elite Squad, the Elite Development Squad and the Development Squad.

These Squad packages are designed to support Horse and Rider Partnerships who have the potential to go forward and represent the country at a international level. Membership to each academy squad depends upon previous competition history and successful completion of an academy trial. Applicants for the squads are also eligible for Hartpury Equine Scholarships which provide financial support alongside the equestrian coaching programme available.

Students are able to apply for Academy membership prior to each academic year. The standards are high and so if a student is not successful the first time, there is the opportunity to continue to work on the competition CV utilising wider support available at Hartpury. This includes engaging in formal riding and coaching sessions with on-site discipline specialists Those who are successful in gaining academy membership will benefit from a range of support networks and outstanding facilities, alongside guidance on how to balance academic requirements alongside competition success.

There are 3 levels within the Equine Academy structure: The Elite Squad, The Elite-Development Squad, and The Development Squad Applications will be considered at Elite level from riders who have competed successfully at the following levels:

• Eventing – BE CCI**/CIC** level and above with points won

• Dressage – BD Medium level with points won

• Show Jumping – BS 1.30m with money won

Applications will be considered at Development level from riders who 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

• Show Jumping – BS 1.10m with money won

All applications are considered and those that fulfil the required standard will be invited to participate in the ridden selection trials which will take place at Hartpury College at the start of the academic year. 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.

Applications for 2016 are now closed.

Very limited Scholarship opportunities are available for students reaching the required scholarship criteria detailed here.

Please apply 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.

Stabling applications must be done separately to Academy applications and the demand for stabling is high. Applications for stabling open on the 1st March and can be made here.