Our Equine Facilities

We provide students with access to world-class equine facilities, including two international competition areas - indoor and outdoor, four additional arenas, stabling for 230 horses (including students’ own horses), a state-of-the-art rider performance centre with riding simulators, and our own Equine Therapy Centre.

All of our equine facilities are prioritised to enhance the student experience, whether you choose a riding or non-riding course. They are used for lectures, practicals and seminars. The facilities also provide work experience and volunteering opportunities to support student and staff research, and to provide experience of ‘real world’ situations.

Our facilities are used by world-class riders and horses from around the globe including international equestrian champions Charlotte Dujardin, CBE and Valegro.

student riding a horse outdoors at Hartpury

Commercial yard

Our commercial yard enables students to gain a wealth of practical and work experience in all aspects of horse care and management. Depending on their course, students will be involved in the daily care of the horses.

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The Margaret Giffen Centre

Our Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance is the most advanced rider performance centre in the world at an academic institution. It gives our students opportunity to put theory to practice.

View our rider performance centre


Our arenas provide an excellent teaching environment for students, where they can practice their riding skills as well as getting hands-on experience. They host international events, and local and regional competitions.

view our arenas


We provide students with the opportunity to bring their horse (or horses) with them while they study. We currently have 140 stables available for student livery at Hartpury - these stables are built within eight different barns.

Take a virtual tour of our equine facilities

Take a look at our multi million pound equine facilities, including international competition arenas, a yard for 230 horses, and state of the art rider performance and equine therapy centres – used by world class riders and horses from across the globe.

The courses at Hartpury gave me great background knowledge in the theory of nutrition and biomechanics, which are invaluable for training horses for competition.

The world-class facilities on offer are outstanding. I have no doubt that my years at Hartpury made me the rider I am today.

Rob Barker International Event Rider