Our HTP students are progressing well with their Diploma in Horse Care & Riding. Over the past few weeks, they have learnt so much about grooming, tacking up and being safe on the yard. As part of their HTP course, they have theory sessions in the classroom where they learn about the theory of horse care and riding. Then its off out to the yard to put everything they have learnt into practice!

Each student completes work experience on the yard, meaning they learn about customer service, how a yard works and how a business runs, as well as the equine knowledge they are gaining in the classroom.

Having welcomed a new student recently, we now have 11 students on our course, all whom are extremely passionate about horses and the equestrian industry.

It’s been thoroughly enjoyable so far, with lots of hard work and a lot of fun too! For our Halloween fun night, all of the students got dressed up as the ‘resident ghosts’ and had such a fun evening, meeting members of the equestrian community and learning at the same time.

Our students’ riding has really come on – especially those that hadn’t ridden much before. It’s not just about the skill, but the confidence levels too! We are so proud of our students and are excited to see their continued development!

What is Level 1 Diploma in Horse Care and Riding?

The Level 1 Diploma in Horse Care and Riding is suitable to those entering the equine industry and have limited previous experience. It is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for someone who wishes to progress into work. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do assist with routine jobs effectively. The qualification will allow you to gain the required skills and knowledge needed to work in a Horse-related business, such as a Riding Stables, Equestrian Centre, Trekking centre or a similar job.

At Island Riding Centre, our students will develop the skills and knowledge through a combination of classroom based lessons and real practical work experience.

How could our students progress?

This qualification could lead to jobs such as:

  • Stable Hand
  • Yard Worker
  • Assistant Groom
  • Assistant Trekking centre worker

They could also progress to a Level 2 Apprenticeship.

Want to keep up to date with the progress of our apprentices, or can you see yourself taking part in a Horse Care & Riding course? Contact Sallyanne by email at sallyanne.farley@htp.ac.uk or call her on 01983 824930. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call at Island Riding Centre on 01983 214 000 if you have any questions!