16+ and Degree

The Bishop Burton Equine Academy provides continued support and development of proven high calibre riders or those with future potential to succeed to a high level.

The academy is open to both 16+ and degree students enrolled on a course at Bishop Burton College. Academy members receive a highly supportive and structured training programme whilst studying for an academic qualification.

Entry Criteria

Prospective academy members must have applied for a course at Bishop Burton to be eligible for selection to a College academy. Academic entry requirements are available in individual course guides. Sporting selection is undertaken through a pre-season trial. Academy riders will normally have had regional, county or district honours. The criteria are not exclusive and all applications are considered.

Our Programme

Riders in the academy system at Bishop Burton get a high quality programme balanced with their academic commitments. We offer relevant further and higher education academic provision for continued education and career development. We also provide top class sport-specific coaching and personnel support for a variety of equestrian disciplines and develop individual preparation, training and competition strategies in order to maximise performance.

Horse clearing a jump

A horse

"After being on the academy for the last year for the first time, I have really felt the benefit of having regular tuition, support and guidance. It has enabled me to focus on key areas for improvement as well as thoroughly making competition and training plans. Also, help with the psychology of riding in a competition environment and extra emphasis on rider fitness has enabled me to see an improvement in my performance."

Sophie Blades, Equine Academy


Riders on the 16+ programme have the opportunity to purchase heavily subsidised gym membership and training kit to support their development.

How to Apply

Academy members can study any course at Bishop Burton College. During the application process, prospective academy players have the opportunity to indicate their interest in joining the Bishop Burton Sports Academy. A member of the coaching team will be in contact once your application has been submitted.

Partners with British Showjumping

British Showjumping

Bishop Burton College is proud to be associated with British Showjumping.

Partners with British Eventing

British Eventing

Bishop Burton College is proud to be associated with British Eventing.