At Hartpury, an equine degree is so much more than a piece of paper.

Our equine degree courses cover all areas of Equine Science, including with Therapy, Equine Business Management and Performance and Equestrian Sports Coaching. And new in 2017, we launched two unique horseracing degrees - one in International Horseracing Business and another focused on Racehorse Performance and Rehabilitation - in response to growing demand for skilled graduates in this exciting industry! Both offer optional sandwich years in industry, as do many of our degree courses, plus our wide range of equine Foundation degrees (with the option to top-up to Honours after two years) are a great option for those who are more practical learners.

We’ve had students complete their sandwich year with horse welfare charities in Egypt and with national magazines, but our new Rider Performance Centre, own commercial yard and Equine Therapy Centre, plus our three international equestrian events, also provide students with work experience and contacts within the industry on their doorstep.

We’ve even got two mechanical horses, Hercules and our new arrival Margaret, who can do dressage tests, jump and even hacking, and Olympic gold medal-winning world dressage record holder Valegro uses our water treadmill, which has also been used for racehorse rehabilitation!

Hartpury also offers a wide range of additional professional courses, training and coaching clinics, information sessions and industry trips that you can undertake alongside your degree to boost your CV and further explore the areas you are interested in – not only in equine but in our other specialist areas in sport, animal and agriculture. Plus you’ll have access to regular demonstrations, clinics and guest lectures by industry professionals and coaches throughout your studies.

Some equine students will use their qualification to progress into general graduate career paths relating to teaching, sales, law, business management and veterinary, keeping horses as a hobby. Others move quickly up the equine career route; using the experience they gain at Hartpury to move into jobs in equine health, rider and horse therapy, performance, racecourse marketing and management and equine welfare and business throughout the UK and internationally.

Choosing Hartpury University Centre for your equine degree means…

  • Studying in a unique environment
  • Benefiting from educational opportunities for all within world class facilities
  • Countless opportunities to gain work and real world experience and network with key players in the industry
  • Being supported by outstanding specialist teaching and coaching staff with vast industry experience within a research active community
  • Making the most of significant equine industry links

Take Ellie Caisley for example, who has set up her own successful business, creating and selling high-end bespoke leather goods after four years as an apprentice saddler; Steph Bateman, a freelance equine journalist who has worked for Horse and Hound, or Sian Ellis, who is a welfare and research officer at the Horse Trust. One of our graduates, Amanda Bond, was the CEO of British Dressage and now leads a team of 250 staff as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Executive Manager.

And if you’re a dressage, showjumping or eventing star of the future, our equine academy 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’ll have access to our multi-million pound facilities. We can also offer you competition support for high profile events and visits to top level riders and trainers’ yards. We even had our first graduates win Olympic medals at Rio 2016, including former Equine Management Top-up student and Elite Equine Academy member, Astier Nicolas. The eventing star won individual silver and team gold with France. Our Elite Academy Dressage coach, Carl Hester, also won team gold in the dressage!

To discover how you could be the next chapter in Hartpury’s success storydownload a prospectus or give us a call on 01452 702345