Equine advanced apprenticeship in sporting excellence (AASE)

Top riders can get the support they need to be the best of the best with a unique ‘apprenticeship’ 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. Apprentices will also have access to a range of specialist, professional services including physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and sports psychology. The programme has had great success since it launched at Hartpury in summer 2013 as talented young riders benefit from Hartpury’s multi-million pound facilities and international level coaching. 

How it works

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. Modules are focused on improving riding, horse management, tactical skills and fitness and nutrition as well as helping riders to manage their lifestyle and their career so that they are physically and mentally prepared to meet the challenges of top level competition.

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.

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Entry requirements

Who is eligible? 

The scheme is offered across three different disciplines: Dressage, Eventing and Para-dressage. For September 2017 entry, you must:

  • Have 5 GCSEs A* to C, including Maths and English.
  • Be aged 16 and over by August 31st 2017, and under 19 years of age by the same date.
  • Be resident in England


Eventing AASE criteria for 16 to 18-year-olds:

  • Top 25% of starters in a CCI1* - from 1st July 2016 to close of application date
  • Top 25% of starters in the 2016 National U18 Championships
  • Long listed for the 2016/17 Junior European Team
  • Long listed for the 2016/17 Pony European Team
  • Top 25% of starters at the 2016 Under-18s Regional Team Championships
  • Top 25% of starters in the 2016 Pony Club Open Championships

The qualifying (MERs) results are as follows:

  • FEI Qualification CCI1*
  • 75 or less in the dressage
  • 16 or less in the show jumping
  • Clear in the cross country
  • 36 or less in the cross country time penalties
  • Pony Club Championships
  • 50 or less in the dressage
  • 16 or less in the show jumping
  • clear cross country with no more than the 36 in the time penalties

Dressage criteria

Riders should be competing consistently at Medium level and above and achieving 65% or more. (Applicants should have a minimum of four results at the level required in the 12 months prior to application).

Riders will also be considered on younger horses (up to seven years of age) who demonstrate the potential to compete successfully at International level and are already competing consistently at Elementary or above and achieving 70% or more.

Please note freestyle scores do not count towards minimum criteria.

Para Equestrian Dressage criteria

Riders must have a current classification and should be consistently and currently scoring 62% in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions.  Please note freestyle scores cannot be counted. On top of this, applicants, aged 16 to 19, will need to display a willingness to learn and the desire and commitment to succeed.

How and when do I apply?

  • Applications open – March 1st 2017
  • Applications close – June 30th 2017
  • Selection and notification – TBA
  • Programme starts – September 2017

If you meet the entry criteria, then please download these two forms: which forms

Please fill in all the fields before returning by either:

  • Scanning and emailing to admissions@hartpury.ac.uk
  • Faxing a copy to 01452 700629
  • Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE