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Askham Bryan College Equine Academy

Applications for our Equine Academy for the 2020/21 academic year are now closed. For more information on the application process for 2021/22, head over to the How to Apply page for details on how to apply. 

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

Christopher is the British Eventing Team's High Performance Coach. For 16 years up to 2016, he was National Coach to the German Olympic Three Day Event Team - Winners of Team Silver and Individual Gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Team and Individual Gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Locally Christopher trains many British International level riders, notably for many years the British team rider Nicola Wilson from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Christopher does not exclusively teach higher level competition riders, he is also willing to teach less experienced riders on their own horses.

Jane Bartle-Wilson

Jane trains horses and riders in dressage and eventing. While some riders come for competition training, even up to the highest level, others have non competitive goals, and are happy to learn to ride at a lower level and would still like to improve and have fun doing so. Jane is happy to train those riders too. Jane’s competition experience started with eventing with a number of horses and then specialised in dressage. Pinocchio was her mount when riding for Great Britain in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Many will remember the success they had in the Freestyle to Music and winning the Silver in Toronto in 1986.

Askham Bryan College Equine Squads

The Advanced Squad

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

• Weekly group training sessions with Academy Director Fiona Harrison
• Assistance with planning a competition schedule
• One-to-one sports coaching sessions available with Academy Director Fiona Harrison

The Development Squad

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

• Weekly group training sessions with the Academy Coach
• Assistance with planning a competition schedule

Horses will be provided by the College.

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. 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 is looking for students who are enthusiastic, hard-working and passionate about pursuing a career as a groom.


Askham Bryan College Equine Teams

Further Education Teams

Askham Bryan College competes in Further Education Equine Teams, which is run through the National Schools Equestrian Association in dressage, show jumping and eventing. Students can compete on their own horse or on a College horse with regional events and have the chance to qualify for Hickstead, Addington and Stonar School Championships.

Higher Education Teams

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 events. This is a great opportunity for students to represent the College as part of a team nationally, with the potential of competing internationally.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277