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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.

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 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.

If you meet the required standard of the first stage of our Equine Academy application process, you will be invited to trials that take place at the start of the academic year. Applicants for squads are also eligible for Hartpury Equine scholarships, which provide financial support alongside the equestrian coaching programme available.

Elite Squad and Elite Development Squad applications will be considered from horse and rider combinations that have competed successfully within the last 12 months at the following levels:

  • Eventing: CCI*** Long 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

Development Squad applications will be considered from horse and rider combinations that have competed successfully within the last 12 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


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

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.

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.

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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