Equine Courses


Equine Studies


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With our own dedicated Equine Centre – Sparsholt provides OUTSTANDING teaching and learning in Equine Studies as endorsed by Ofsted in 2014. A BHS approved exam centre we have also been awarded British Dressage Venue of the Year for two consecutive years and hosted the Australian Paralympic Equestrian team for pre training prior to the 2012 Olympics.

With exceptional facilities and courses up to Masters level you will be learning in environment dedicated to success.


The equine industry attracts 4.3 million riders and provides direct and indirect employment for up to a quarter of a million people in the UK. Our students not only have the academic and theoretical knowledge but acquire all the practical skills needed for successful employment in the equine industry.


  • Stabling for up to 75 horses
  • Indoor arena (60 X 23m)
  • Three Outdoor arenas (60 X 30m, 60 X 30m, 70 X 50m)
  • Covered horse-walker
  • Grass rides
  • Cross country training field
  • Weigh bridge
  • Full sized equine skeleton
  • BHS riding instruction towards course requirements
  • BHS practical instruction embedded in training
  • Various student livery and loan options available

All members of the Equine teaching team are BHS qualified who have extensive employment and competitive experience in the equine industry. During evenings, weekends and holidays, the Equine Centre also plays host to a variety of shows, events, training camps, corporate training, festivals and short courses. This provides students with an opportunity to better understand the world of equestrian competition and BHS training standards.

Student Story

Sparsholt is a very friendly place and the lecturers are really encouraging. Being able to go out on work experience and working for trainers, Paul Nichols and David Pipe has to be one of the highlights! I have a place at the British Racing School but Sparsholt has been the best two years I’ve had …easily!

George Roberts, Extended Diploma in Horse Management




This clothing must be worn whilst at the Equine Centre at all times:

  • Navy blue Equine polo shirts
  • Navy blue Equine sweatshirts
  • Navy blue Equine jacket/dark coloured waterproof jacket 

Please note: all Equine sweatshirts, polo shirts and jackets will be available for purchase at the college from the first day of the Autumn term, or alternatively you can order online from Creative Images

Equipment List

At the start of your course you will need the following essential items:

  • Riding hats to current approved standard
  • Dark coloured plain jodhpurs or breeches (minimum 2 pairs)
  • Long leather/rubber riding boots (black or brown) or jodhpur boots and leather gaiters/half chaps for riding (please note suede and canvas chaps or Dubarry or similar boots are not permitted for riding)
  • Appropriate dark coloured footwear for yard work. (NB trainers are not allowed at the Equine Centre)
  • Body protector - current BS1 Standard (compulsory for all show jumping and cross country riding included in Level 3 courses)
  • Plain coloured riding gloves
  • Hairnets for those with long/layered hair
  • 1 x schooling whip - plain dark colour
  • 1 x jumping whip - plain dark colour

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