In what was a first for the Isle of Wight, in September 2018 Island Riding Centre and HTP Apprenticeship College launched a full time course offering a Level 1 Diploma in Horse Care and Riding.
Aimed at students aged between 16 and 18 years the course was a huge success and has already led to full time apprenticeship opportunities for some of the girls.
In September 2019 a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care and Riding will run alongside the Level 1 course in our learning centre at the Island Riding Centre.
The Equine industry covers a wide range of areas including: riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, racing yards, clubs and hunts, instructors, working horses and studs and with it a number of employment opportunities and who knows you could end up running your own stable yard or equestrian business or becoming a riding instructor.
Working with horses is a way of life, but be prepared for very hard work! You will be working in all weather and often at unsociable hours, you will need to be fit and able to cope with the physical demands of the job and will generally be on your feet!
With experience and further training, you could take charge of a yard or become head groom and if you work in a riding stable you could become a riding instructor.
Find out more at https://www.htp.ac.uk/horse-care-and-riding/