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TAKE THE REINS These courses are designed for anyone who loves working with and caring for horses.

With excellent facilities and passionate staff, complemented by a Riding Academy and Riding Teams for our students to join, Askham Bryan College is the perfect place for students who are looking to broaden their experience of working with horses and to progress towards a career in the equine industry. Our equine degree programmes also offer an exciting range of study opportunities.

The College hosts events throughout the year in point to point, Eventing and Dressage disciplines – allowing our students to get first-hand experience of the full staging of and participation in our programme of equine events.

NEW Starting September 2016

Level 2 and Level 3 study programmes in Horse Racing.

The new racing qualifications starting in September 2016 offer courses for students who wish to commence a career in the racing industry. There is currently a skills shortage in the racing industry which amounts to approximately 400 workers annually. The new racing programme will provide students with the skills and qualifications to find meaningful employment within the racing industry.


The Equestrian Centre, based at Askham Bryan’s York campus, has an indoor arena measuring 70m x 30m along with an outdoor school measuring 60m x 25m in addition to three indoor yards, stabling and support for up to 50 horses. There is also a cross country training area including various jumps and horses suitable for riders of all levels including speciality sports horses. Our equine tutors have a wide range of specialist qualifications and practical experience, including international equine sport management experience. We have a variety of horses which our students work with, from happy, easy cobs through to dressage horses, we also have  hunt horses and event horses, therefore we are able to accommodate riders from grass roots through to competition level.

The 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 programme whilst studying for their main academic qualification. Chris Bartle, trainer of the gold medal winning German Eventing Team, will be the Advanced Squad coach.  There are two levels within the Askham Bryan Equine Academy: the Advanced Squad and the Development Squad, find out more about the Academy here.

NEW facilities – as part of the new racing study programmes the equestrian centre will be building new housing for race horses, a new outdoor school and all weather gallops for race horse riding tuition.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

• Assistant Yard Manager

• Grooms at riding schools, livery yards or competition yards

• Riding Instructor

• Livery, Stud or Hunting Yard Managers

• Roles in Equestrian Centres and Trekking Centres

• Equine/equestrian product sales and marketing roles

• Coaching and competition riding

• The racing industry (stable staff/stud work)



Askham Bryan College has a strong relationship with The British Horse Society, often holding equine events, dressage and jumping clinics at our Centre. This year at York, we will hold affiliated British Eventing Horse Trials and a Point to Point Event.