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Our dedicated Equine Centre ensures Sparsholt provides OUTSTANDING teaching and learning in Equine as endorsed by Ofsted in 2014. A British Horse Society 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, our students learn in an environment dedicated to success. A range of short courses are also held at the Equine Centre, meaning you don’t have to be a full-time student to benefit from all we have to offer. We also play host to regular showjumping and dressage events.

We’ve jumped to the next level of equestrian research with our new Racewood Equestrian Simulator! Find out more and make an enquiry on public hire.

Strangles Update

Updated 24/02/2021 @ 15:30

As released last week, 16 February, our Equine Centre has unfortunately had a confirmed case of Strangles, a common but highly contagious disease. The infected horse was identified and immediately isolated when symptoms were noticed, and strict biosecurity measures were put in place. The infected horse remains in isolation and is doing well. The College is adopting our vet’s gold standard approach to the management of this virus to ensure that when the college reopens our equine facility, we do so with absolute confidence.

Biosecurity measures are currently planned to remain in place until Easter and so our British Dressage show on 3 April and the unaffiliated show jumping on 4 April are unable to go ahead as scheduled. We are optimistic that our first show back will be the scheduled unaffiliated dressage on 17 April.

We look forward to welcoming all students including Equine students back to campus during the week commencing 8 March and would seek to reassure that students will be taught in alternative classrooms in other areas of the campus during the first few weeks back on campus.

We would like to thank everyone involved for their continued support during this time.

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Winchester City Council Licence to HIRE OUT HORSES –  Licence No 18/04155/AINRA