Riding at Hartpury

Whether you’re a beginner or developing as an equine athlete, there are lots of opportunities for riding at Hartpury

Our equine facilities

You don’t have to study Equine to ride at Hartpury. There are plenty of opportunities on campus for our students to experience the joy of horse riding.

Riding opportunities

We have over 60 loan horses at Hartpury in addition to extensive DIY livery facilities if you decide to bring your own horse. You don’t need to own your own horse to be able to ride at Hartpury. You may also be able to take advantage of riding opportunities and social events available through our Equestrian Club.

Equestrian club 

Our Equestrian Club is a student-run committee designed to bring together like-minded friends and horse lovers outside of classroom lectures. We’re also home to several student societies and committees under our Equestrian Club umbrella. These include our Vaulting Society and Polo & Polocrosse Committee alongside the most common equine disciplines including dressage and show jumping.

Riding for competition

If you’re looking to develop as an equestrian athlete, you might be eligible to join our Equine Academy. Through the academy, you’ll have access to world-class coaches, specialist training support and some of the best rider performance facilities, including our Racewood Eventing Simulator, the most advanced in an education setting. Equestrian Club members may also have the opportunity to compete on Hartpury horses in organised competitions.

Riding at Hartpury is subject to an assessment. If you're not already at the required level, don't worry. We've teamed up with a local riding school to provide subsidised lessons and help you achieve the necessary skill level.


We have room for 155 horses on campus in our DIY livery.

Our world-class facilities include:

  • American-style barns and outdoor stabling
  • Two horse walkers
  • Four indoor and two outdoor areas
  • An all-weather hacking route around the estate

You’ll also have access to our excellent Equine Therapy Centre and Rider Performance Centre facilities. These include a water treadmill, high-speed treadmill, weighbridge, solarium, as well as a gym and state-of-the-art horse simulator

Visit our livery page

We’re always on the lookout for loan horses, subject to suitability. We’ll look after them during term time and they’ll be used for education and teaching. If you have a horse that you could loan us, please get in touch.

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