Succeed with Hartpury Academies

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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Join the Hartpury Equine Academy

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 the partnership meeting present criteria, previous competition history and successful completion of an academy trial. Applications for the equine academy open in January for students starting their studies in September of the same 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 applications will be considered from horse and rider combinations that have competed successfully within the last twelve months at the following levels:

Eventing – CCI**/CIC** level (or equivalent national class) 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 within the last twelve months at the following levels:

Eventing – BE Novice with at least 6 BE points won (not foundation points)

Dressage – BD Elementary with a minimum of 12 points won

Showjumping – BS 1.10m with money won or jumped 4 double clears at this level

Para Dressage - To be part of the BEF Rider Development and Talent ID Pathway competing successfully within the RDA and BD Rider Development programmes


Elite squad

Elite development squad

Development squad

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.

Eventing Scholarship

Dressage Scholarship

Showjumping Scholarship

How to apply

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.

Astier Nicolas Hartpury graduate and professional eventer. Double Olympic medallist at Rio 2016

equine facilities

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.

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related courses

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.

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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.