Our Equine Academy is open to students studying at Bishop Burton College, University Centre Bishop Burton and Riseholme College.

The academy aims to:

  • Offer high quality Further Education / Higher Education academic provision for continued education and career development
  • Provide top class sport specific coaching and personnel support for a variety of equestrian disciplines
  • Develop individual preparation, training and competition strategies in order to maximise performance.

Academy riders receive a highly supportive and structured training programme whilst studying for an academic qualification.

There are two levels within the Bishop Burton Equine Academy, details can be found below.

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Advanced Squad

Each year there are four advanced squad members.

These are competitive riders who are actively taking part in an equestrian discipline, and are driven to the best in their sport.

In order to be on this squad you must be competing at the following level or above:

  • British Dressage Elementary
  • British Eventing Novice
  • British Showjumping Newcomers

Advanced Squad riders receive the following benefits:

  • Regular training sessions with the Academy Coach
  • Training sessions with guest coaches
  • Assistance with planning competition schedules
  • Guidance on managing their academic studies with competitions
  • Discounted DIY stabling on the Bishop Burton College / Riseholme College yard and use of extensive facilities
  • Options for discounted therapy sessions using the Equine Therapy Centre facilities
  • Clothing package
  • Discounted membership to Bishop Burton / Riseholme gym

Specialist support from the equine team and industry experts covering aspects such as:

  • Rider biomechanics
  • Sports psychology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Equine therapy techniques
  • Advice on equine nutrition, dentistry and saddlery

Development Squad

The Development Squad is aimed at aspiring riders who show the potential, enthusiasm and dedication to excel in their chosen equestrian discipline.

These riders would benefit from the training and coaching of the academy staff for a period before they are at the level of competition required for the Advanced Squad.

In order to be on this squad you must be competing at or showing the potential to compete at the following level:

  • British Dressage Prelim
  • British Eventing 90
  • British Showjumping British Novice

Development Squad riders receive the following benefits:

  • Weekly training sessions with the training Academy Coach
  • Group sessions with guest coaches
  • Discounted Therapy sessions are available for horses in the Equine Therapy Centre
  • Guidance on managing their academic studies with competitions
  • Assistance with planning competition schedules
  • Discounted membership to the Bishop Burton / Riseholme gym.

Equine Academy Applications

Application to join the Equine Academy for the 2022/23 academic year will open in 2022.

Please keep an eye on this page for further information. 

To apply, please complete the following and email this to

  • Application form
  • Up-to-date competitive CV including competition record
  • DVD / video link of you competing in a recent (within the last year) affiliated competition (Advanced Squad application) or general recent riding (Development Squad application)
  • Reference from your current trainer / coach

Riders on the Advanced Squad or Development Squad must be studying a course at Bishop Burton College, University Centre Bishop Burton or Riseholme College. Whether that's an equine course, sport course or any other subject.

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