Equine & Horse Management

If you would like to care for or work with horses, and want to combine learning equine science and business management with sound practical skills, then our Equine department can offer you the excellent facilities and expert tutors you'll need to forge a fantastic career in the industry. On our varied courses, you'll also learn about anatomy and physiology alongside topics like competition grooming.

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Equine Centre

You can take advantage of tuition in riding, as well as all aspects of horse care and management, at our facilities in Mount Pleasant, which are equipped with purpose built stabling, two indoor arenas, classrooms and a student rest room. Out of class, you will have the opportunity to go on numerous visits to places of interest, including studs, veterinary centres, horse sales and competitive events. Guest speakers regularly visit the centre to give lectures and demonstrations, which complement the shows and events which are held by the College. These real life facilities will help to develop your practical horse management skills and allow you to progress into a successful career working with horses.

Progression opportunities

You will study horse husbandry and care along with science and business management units. There is also the opportunity for you to ride a range of well schooled, high-quality horses. You will take part in routine yard duties on a weekly basis. There are also great progression opportunities, as more and more universities are offering degree-level qualifications in the field, as well as British Horse Society examinations and qualifications, and job roles that look for a qualification in this area include instructors, grooms, event riders, stud farm managers, and welfare officers. The experience you gain working with such a wide variety of horses will be invaluable, whatever career path you choose to follow after College.



BHS Stage 4 Senior Groom, BHS Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship, Certificate of Education, Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Numeracy, Dip.RSA

About Angie
Angie has owned horses since the age of 12 and has competed in various disciplines including British Eventing and British Dressage. After working as an Office Manager and as a Credit Controller, she changed careers and became Assistant Manager and then managed a large riding school and livery yard where she gained her BHS Coaching Qualifications. She has taught in a college environment since 2008.

Angie says:
“Originally an Equine Lecturer at Easton & Otley College in Norfolk, I moved to Shuttleworth in April 2012. What I love about Shuttleworth is that it offers a more personal learning experience and allows for more individual attention for the learner.”


BHS Stage 4 Complete Coach in Horsemanship, Cert Ed, Stage 4 Senior Rider

About Helen
Helen has all-round experience as a rider; she has evented up to British Eventing Novice Level and has a keen interest in dressage having competed her own horse Maggie to Advanced Medium Level. She has worked in the industry under top rider Carol Bennitt BHSI and Grand Prix.

Helen says:
“I was originally a Shuttleworth student prior to moving into my role as a Practical Instructor, which means I am able to pass down my College experience to them. Shuttleworth is a great place to work with a friendly environment for the learners.”


Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship, Stage 5 Stable Manager, PGCE, MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, QTLS

About Kate
Kate has worked on various different yards including a TB Stud, Racing Yards, Competition/Livery yard and a Riding School before and after graduating with an Equine Sports Science Degree from De Montfort University.  She arrived at Shuttleworth in 2003 as Yard Manager. Kate has a strong interest in rehabilitation and qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist in 2006 after completing a MSc at Harper Adams.  She has ridden since she was a child and has competed many horses across a range of disciplines. 

Kate says:
“I think that working here for such a long time shows how much I love my job! We have a fantastic team of staff who want to give the students the best opportunities to improve and it’s so rewarding to see Shuttleworth students go on and have successful careers within the horse industry.”


Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship, Cert Ed, QTLS, Level 4 Qualifications in Animal and Equine Behaviour & Welfare

About Phil
Phil has ridden to PSG (Prix St George) dressage level and has trained various horses up to Grand Prix level. Phil has worked in top yards as a groom and rider for the likes of Assouline Dressage. As a dressage judge, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in training and developing both horse and rider.

Phil says:
“I arrived at Shuttleworth in 2010 as a Trainee Lecturer; I worked in the Equine Department full time and moved over to Animal Management in 2014 to become a Course Manager. I still teach behaviour to the equine students.”


Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship, PGCE, HND Equine Science

About Rachel
Rachel graduated from Warwickshire College in 2006. She has worked at a number of equestrian establishments including competition yards and studs looking after top calibre horses. Rachel has also competed in a range of disciplines including BD, BS and unaffiliated Eventing and has a keen interest in rider fitness as well as taking part in other sports herself.

Rachel says:
I started working at Shuttleworth College as a Yard Technician in 2008. I have had many roles working at the Equine Centre and I am currently the Course Manager giving me the opportunity to develop and oversee the courses here at the Equine Centre. One key feature I like about working at Shuttleworth College is the high expectations placed on students to develop excellent industry skill.


By studying an Equine and Horse Management study programme, you could undertake further training in order to progress on to the following careers...

Yard Manager / Farrier / Riding Instructor / Horse Trainer / Registered Veterinary Nurse / Equine Vet / Equine Dentist / Equine Physiotherapist / Exercise Rider / Show Manager / Show Judge

Student destinations

In 2016 71% of students went on to degree-level courses such as Equine Sports Science and Equine Business Management, moved straight into paid employment or started an apprenticeship programme at stud and competition yards.

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2015-16

Shuttleworth College Equine offers a range of working livery and loan options for owners of suitable horses. The horses that we take on livery are between 14.2hh - 17hh and 5 years upward. Horses must be capable of performing a Prelim/Novice dressage test and jumping a course of 2’6” (80cm) fences.

Our range of students means that we always like to have a variety of horses in height, type and experience; from the quieter types to the older ex-competition horses looking for a quieter pace of life. Owners can be confident of very high standards of individual care and 24 hour supervision.

‘As a horse owner, I have kept my horses at Shuttleworth College for over ten years because the horse management and care is second to none.  I am able to ride my horses who are now much fitter and better schooled than I could achieve, as I work full-time and have to stay away from home a lot. With this in mind I know my horses’ every need are taken care of and have full trust in the staff as they treat all the horses in their care as if they were their own.’ – Julie Whitworth

‘Albi is very happy and content at Shuttleworth. It's reassuring to know that our special boy is in safe hands 24/7. The staff at Shuttleworth are very approachable and put the horses first at all times. Amazing place, amazing staff. Thank you to all the staff at Shuttleworth Eqine’. – Nicky & Jess Ball

Livery type What's included Cost (per horse per week) 
Working Livery 2 Box, turnout, bedding, hard feed and roughage.  The College will undertake the full care and responsibility of the horse. The College will have use of the horse for up to two ridden sessions per day, up to five days a week.  £40
Working Livery 1 Box, turnout, bedding, hard feed and roughage.  The College will undertake the full care and responsibility of the horse. The College will have use of the horse for up to one ridden session per day, up to five days a week.  £65
To note:

All costs in relation to veterinary, farriery, worming and preventative inoculations are the responsibility of the owner.  All sundry items used will be charged to the owner at cost price (e.g. vetwrap, animalintex)


If you have a horse that you think may be suitable please contact the Equine Centre Manager, Kate Sutton on 01767 627469 for further details.


» Indoor stabling for up to 24 horses
» Solarium
» Horse walker
» 2 indoor schools with show jumps
» Over 25 acres of paddocks for turnout
» Extensive bridleway network for hacking

View our 'License to Keep a Riding Establishment' here.

Private Hire

Large School £20 per hour + £5 for each additional horse
Small School £10 per hour +£3 for each additional horse

Group Hire

(Non-profit making activities i.e. Pony Club and Riding Clubs)

Large School £30 per hour
Full Day Hire (8 hours) £200
Small School £15 per hour
Full Day Hire (8 hours) £80
Both Schools (8 hours) £240

Commercial Hire

Large School £50 per hour
Large School (4 hours) £180
Large School (8 hours) £350
Small School £20 per hour
Small School (4 hours) £60
Small School (8 hours) £100


£15 per hour
Full Day Hire (8 hours) £100

Cancellations Policy

A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required or the full fee will be charged. For bookings over 4 hours a minimum of 7 days’ notice is required for a full refund. Fewer than 7 days’ notice will only receive a 50% refund.

Bookings often run back to back so please ensure you have allowed enough time to set up and pack away.

Conditions of Hire

» For health & safety reasons any person hiring the facilities outside of normal working hours must be accompanied
» Approved hard hats must be worn at all times whilst mounted
» The hirer is liable for all breakages/damages which must be reported to a member of the Equine Staff
» Any person wishing to hire the facilities does so at their own risk
» Shuttleworth Equine Unit takes no responsibility for any accident or injuries to horses, riders or accompanying persons. Please ensure you have adequate insurance cover
» There is a strict NO SMOKING policy in and around the indoor arena
» Dogs are not permitted in the schools and must be kept on leads in the car park
» All equipment is hired on a self set up basis. The hirer is responsible for ensuring equipment is stored away neatly after use – failure to do so will render the hirer liable to additional charge

Please note: there is an additional charge of £5 per hour for the lights in the Large School and £3 per hour for the lights in the Small School.

Equine Shows and Events