Daniel Olley

Qualification & subject:
Undergraduate BA (Hons) Equine Business Management
Para-dressage athlete

I’m a para-dressage athlete with cerebral palsy. My goal is to compete at the European and World Championships, as well as the Olympics. Being at Hartpury has made me a better and stronger person – it’s shown me that I’m much capable than I thought I was.

My Hartpury experience
Being at Hartpury gives me a lot of flexibility to combine my riding and get the support I need with my degree. The Achievement and Success Centre, in particular, has given me a lot of help. It’s meant I’ve done well academically. Getting a degree has been really rewarding.

If what you want to do is work with horses, then work with horses – you shouldn’t let your disability stop you from doing that.

You really feel like you’re part of a family here – it’s not just a place to get a degree. It’s such a great community. It really makes being here feel worth it.

Gaining practical skills
There are so many opportunities – from major equine events to guest speakers and work experience on site. I worked in the Equine Therapy Centre in my first year. The more you get involved in the more you benefit. You wouldn’t get the same level of access to facilities like this anywhere else.

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