Askham Bryan College - one of the UK's foremost centres for Equine studies

If you are passionate about horses then at Askham Bryan College we have fantastic courses and the practical facilities for you.

Our Equestrian Centres

We have established, first class Equine centres in both York and Newton Rigg, each offering exceptional facilities for our students to use. Over the years we have also built up a strong relationship with The British Horse Society, often holding equine events, dressage and jumping clinics at our centres. This year at York we will hold our affiliated British Eventing Horse Trial for the third year running, providing a great opportunity for students to learn and apply the principles of event management. Our equine tutors are friendly, approachable and have a wide range of specialist qualifications and practical experience, including international equine sport management experience. We are a registered training and examination centre for horse care and riding and also run a range of professional training courses for those who take part in equine sports. The Equestrian Centre based in York has an indoor arena measuring 60m x 30m along with an outdoor school measuring 60m x 25m. We have three indoor yards, stabling and support for up to 50 horses with a feed room, tack room and a fantastic new horse walker. We also have a cross country training area including various jumps and horses suitable for riders of all levels including speciality sports horses. Kay Lamb, Yard Manager at Askham Bryan College, York said “The ongoing development within the equine centre is very exciting and our main aim is to raise the aspirations of our students by working closely with those in the industry. This means we have a wider route for our students to access employment both here and overseas. We are very lucky to have such a variety of horses from happy easy cobs, through to grand prix dressage horses, we also have a masters hunt horse and two 2* & 3* event horses, therefore we are able to accommodate riders from grass roots through to competition level. We run some fantastic events at both equestrian centres, some of which include training and shows with the BSJA, a BE one day event all of which our students love to get involved in and gain valuable experience”.

Askham Bryan Equine Academy

The NEW Askham Bryan Equine Academy aims to support and develop high calibre riders and those who have the potential to succeed at a high level in the future. The academy is open to both Further and Higher education students enrolled on a course at Askham Bryan College. Members of the academy will receive a structured and supportive training program whilst studying for their main academic qualification. Chris Bartle, trainer if the gold medal winning German eventing team, will be the Advanced Squad coach.There are two levels within the NEW Askham Bryan Equine Academy: the Advanced Squad, the Development Squad.

The Advanced Squad

There are a maximum of three places available in the Advanced Squad and each member will receive the following support:

• Weekly individual training sessions with Academy Coach Kay Lamb*
• Weekly group training sessions with Academy Director Fiona Harrison **
• Assistance with planning competition schedule
• Designated DIY stabling for Academy Horses
• 1-1 sports coaching sessions available with Academy Director Fiona Harrison*
• Corporate Equine Academy Kit

The Development Squad

There is a maximum of two places available in the Development Squad and each rider will receive the following support:

• Weekly group training sessions with the Academy coach Kay Lamb
• Assistance with planning a competition schedule
• Designated DIY stabling for Academy Horses
• Corporate Equine Academy Kit

Askham Bryan College Equine Teams

Askham Bryan College competes in Further Education Equine Teams, run under the National Schools Equestrian Association in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. Students cancompete on their own horse or college horse with regional   events and have the chance to qualify for Hickstead, Addington and Stonar School Championships. The college also provides an opportunity for higher education students to compete for Askham Bryan College as part of the British Universities and College Association in Dressage and Show Jumping. This is a great opportunity for students to represent the college as part of a team nationally, with the potential of competing internationally.

Grooming Squad

The Askham Bryan College Grooming Academy gives students looking for a career in the grooming industry a fantastic opportunity to gain training and work experience needed to achieve a job as a professional groom. 

Students chosen for the Academy will learn valuable skills for all equine disciplines including eventing, dressage and show jumping. Students will also benefit from specialist training sessions by Alison Pocklington, one of the UK’s top grooms. The academy also offers students excellent work experience opportunities at top events across the UK and abroad. 

Students can apply to be considered for the Academy at the commencement of their course, this will then follow with an interview and rigorous practical tests. The Academy are looking for students who are enthusiastic, hard working and passionate about pursuing a career as a groom.

*Kay Lamb, BFISIIM, PGC Post Graduate Certificate in Equine Science.
**Fiona Harrison, BHS1 (regd), British Eventing Accredited Coach, BHS Senior Examiner, BHS NVQ L3 Internal Verifier, Subject Learning Coach Specialist Eventing, Pony Club and Riding Club Examiner.


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