9 standout moments from the Equine Academy’s 2022/23 season


Applications for the 2023/24 Hartpury Equine Academy close on 30 June, with the programme once again offering an exclusive opportunity for talented dressage, showjumping and event riders to receive world-class coaching, support and advice.

If you’re joining Hartpury College or Hartpury University in the autumn and are a talented rider competing to a good standard with your own horse, you might want to check out the criteria and application process in more detail.

If you still need some inspiration, here’s what some of this year’s Equine Academy members have been up to:


1 - Hartpury College student and Equine Academy member Kizzie Lucas excelled on home turf this spring by winning the Elementary Bronze Under-21 Championship at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships. Kizzie scored 72% with her horse Candito. Rosie McDermott and Emily Entwistle also qualified for the championships having won during the regional qualifying rounds.

2 - Jess Hickey was listed onto the U21 International Pathway squad at Young Rider level for 2023. She also made the long list for Young Rider European Championships which is very competitive even to get on that.


3 - Daniela Gómez is making a good start on the national circuit with her aim of representing Spain in the under 21s European Championships / Nations Cups 2024.

4 - Grace Gilberts had a successful Sunshine tour, showjumping in Spain in the early part of the spring.

5 - Academy show jumping riders past and present including four scholars met up at the Welsh Masters, joined by Academy Manager Lizzel Winter and commentator and honorary academy member (and Hartpury alum) Sam Gerrard-May.

6 - Harriet Thompson’s horse Hero’s Chin De Litrange III has had largely top ten finishes at 1.10m and 1.20m level and is stepping up to 1.30m. 

7 - Fellow jumper Bobbi Chew has also enjoyed a number of placings and has recently stepped up to 1.20m.


8 -  Pau Catala headed to a competitive CCI3*-L at Ballindenisk as he pursued qualification for the European Championships in Italy later this summer. 

9 - Manon Schey (pictured) also competed at the event, finishing just outside the top 10 and adding to a spring season that saw her place in a strong section at Cirencester Park where she competed against Olympic, World and European champions.

About the Equine Academy

Our 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. You’ll have access to world-class riders and coaches, as well as our state-of-the-art facilities and competitions on home turf.

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. 

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.

If you meet the required standard of the first application stage of our Equine Academy application process, you will be invited to a ridden trial that will take place early in the academic year. Applicants for squads are also eligible to apply for Hartpury Equine Scholarships, which provide financial support alongside the equestrian coaching programme available. Please refer to the application criteria specifically for scholarships.