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Equine Management Courses in Guildford, Surrey

A career in the equine industry is a rewarding and satisfying experience. It requires hard work and dedication but can be an interesting and exciting way to earn a living.

The equine industry is huge, over 720,000 people own horses in the UK, and there are many equine businesses including riding schools, livery yards, welfare charities, training yards and racing schools.

Our courses have a strong vocational emphasis, providing commercial awareness and practical competence for a range of equine careers. You’ll be learning about horsemanship, business and management elements, offering you the opportunity to study practical aspects of equine studies and learn about managing and maintaining an equine establishment.

The College has excellent equine training resources including an indoor equine arena, outdoor floodlit warm up arena and cross country courses. It is also a British Horse Society approved centre and has stabling for over 40 horses. Staff have extensive knowledge of the equine industry and related industry qualifications.

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Employability & Personal Development Entry Level 3 - 2018:19
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Employability & Personal Development Level 1 Diploma - 2018:19
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Equine Advanced Level Apprenticeship - 2018:19
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Equine Intermediate Level Apprenticeship - 2018:19
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Horse Care Level 2 Diploma - 2018:19
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Horse Management Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma - 2018:19
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 Adult  16-18 

Horse Management Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma - 2018:19
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Step 2 Bridging Programme - 2018:19
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Why Choose Merrist Wood College?

  • One of the largest indoor arenas of any college in the country at 90 x 36m, with a gel track cushioned surface
  • Fully floodlit warm up arena at 30 x 60m, with a rubber surface
  • Staff with extensive knowledge of the equine industry and related experience
  • Stabling for over 40 experienced and inexperienced horses
  • All-weather outdoor school
  • Access to shows and events on own horse as well as College horses
  • Two permanent outdoor schooling spaces
  • Cross country schooling course
  • The centre is British Horse Society approved and hosts regular competitions, events and exams.
Female student standing next to white horse

Jobs in Equine Management

  • Riding Instructor
  • Groom
  • Equine Nutritionist
  • Equine Therapist
  • Event Management
  • Welfare Officer

Equine Riding Arena

Our indoor equine centre is one of the top facilities in the south east hosting events and competitions most weekends throughout the year. 

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Average Salary

As a groom you could earn up to £13,000 a year, rising to £16,000 for an experienced groom and £20,000 for a head girl/lad in a racing yard. Experienced riding instructors can earn up to £25,000.

Moving On

We offer a Higher National Diploma in Equine Management, which can be topped up to a Degree in one year following successful completion.


Student Soundbite

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"I wasn’t very academic at school, but college is much more supportive. There is a lot of variety on our course, and teaching to ride is my favourite topic so far. I love that we get to work with the horses everyday too!"

Cydney Williams, Horse Management Level 3 Diploma

01483 88 40 00

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