Exciting equestrian careers await you after studying at Shuttleworth College

The Longines Royal International Horse Show takes place next week (25-30 July) at Hickstead. It’s one of the oldest horse shows in the world and a highlight in the equestrian calendar, hosting international and national show jumping, prestigious showing championships, scurry driving, carriage driving, side saddle classes and more.

Equine courses at Shuttleworth College

It’s a hotly contested show and in many cases takes months of preparation and hard work from the riders, trainers, grooms and support teams. From an event point of view there are even more people involved, from the show managers, judges and stewards, to the vets and farriers on call, and equestrian journalists and photographers in the press office. Events like this throw up so many of the exciting careers that equestrianism has to offer.  

A full-time study programme in Horse Management is your platform towards any one of these exciting roles; whether you decide go to out to work afterwards, on to an apprenticeship or to university. Take David, a recent full-time student of ours, who read Sports Therapy at the University of Bedfordshire and is now studying for a Masters Degree looking at riders’ movements in the saddle, while also working in sports therapy.

Our fantastic equine facilities are equipped with covered stabling, two indoor arenas, classrooms and a student rest room; everything you need to develop your riding and horse management skills.

Current Level 3 student Josie Smith has two of her own horses and is a member of her local branch of The Pony Club. “Coming to College to study Horse Management has been the best experience. I really enjoy the riding element of the study programme; we get to ride two days a week – one flatwork and one jumping session - and there is a range of different ability horses to ride, which helps to develop your skills and confidence.

“We have yard duties every three weeks and have also been able to complete the BHS Progressive Riding Tests for free, which will be good to show future employers.”

Equine study programmes at Shuttleworth College

Students gain plenty of practical experience to help them complete their modules. They have:  groomed for competitors at British Eventing (BE) events, taken part in their own dressage event, hacked out, practiced loading on the yard, watched our vets, equine dentists, saddle fitters and farriers at work, and been part of the arena party at a training clinic at The College, Keysoe.

There are also plenty of opportunities for work experience placements, as well as the chance to compete in inter-college competitions across the country. Recent trips have included Tattersalls auction house and a visit to the National Horseracing Museum where students had the opportunity to practice their jockey skills on the simulator.

And what College year wouldn’t be complete without the Christmas and End of Year Fun Days? At Christmas time it’s all about the best fancy dress and in the summer it’s dressage, a cross country relay race, hobby horse grand national, chase me charlie, apple bobbing then polos in flour, all followed by the inevitable mass water fight!

Find out more about Horse Management Study Programmes at Shuttleworth College