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Hartpury 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.

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.

In certain circumstances we aim to offer you competition support at high profile events, visits to top-level riders and trainers’ yards and access to a range of professional support services. The elite and elite development squads have access to rider performance and biomechanical analysis, psychology, strength and conditioning and physiotherapy – both human and equine.

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Joining 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.

Applications for September 2021 entry to the Equine Academy have now closed.

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

Elite Squad and Elite Development Squad applications will be considered from horse and rider combinations that have competed successfully within the last 29 months (01.01.2019 - 30.07.2021) at the following levels:

  • Eventing: CCI*** Long (or equivalent national class) and above with points achieved at 3* level or above.
  • Dressage: BD Advanced Medium level with points won (or equivalent national class with scores of over 60% being considered)
  • Show Jumping: 2 double clears at 1.30 level in any BS class or FEI class with results to verify the criteria met.
  • Para Dressage: To have scored 60% at any CPEDI3* show in any Grade.

Development Squad applications will be considered from horse and rider combinations that have competed successfully within the last 29 months (01.01.2019 - 30.07.2021) at the following levels:

  • Eventing: BE Novice with at least 6 BE points won (not foundation points) or equivalent national class at 1.10 or above equating to 6 points or FEI CCI2*S with top 5 placing
  • Dressage: BD Elementary with a minimum of 15 points won (or equivalent national class with scores of over 60% equating to 15 points)
  • Show Jumping: 4 double clears or money won at 1.10 level or above in any BS class or FEI class with results verifying that the criteria has been met.
  • Para Dressage: To have scored 60% in any Para CPEDI 2* or below or any BD National Para class.

Due to these unprecedented times, if the partnership is newly formed then consideration will be given to the previous partnership (horse & rider combination) as long as criteria has been met by the previous partnership and a full history is available for the new horse showing that the criteria relating to the level being applied for can be met by the new horse.

Elite squad

Elite development squad

Development squad


To support top level young riders in the Hartpury Equine Academy, we offer three scholarships annually from September of each year.

Eventing Scholarship

Dressage Scholarship

Showjumping Scholarship

Para Dressage Scholarship

How to apply

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.

If you don’t make it into our equine academy initially, there are still lots of opportunities to develop your riding whilst at Hartpury, including with Hartpury Equestrian Club and with formal riding and coaching sessions from our on-site specialists in your discipline or through visiting freelance coaches (self-funded).

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.

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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