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With an equine course at Lackham you'll have regular access to some of the best equine facilities in the region, giving you a unique and immersive learning experience whether you are a rider or non-rider.

Our full-time courses and apprenticeships in Horse Care and Management run at Levels 2 and 3.

As a full-time student, two of your days at College every week will be spent at local equine facilities, Rein and Shine and Stonar, where you'll build skills and confidence in handling, grooming, tacking up and riding. Alongside your practical learning, performing yard duties will give you the experience necessary for a career in the competitive and exciting equine industries. Your hands-on skills will be supported with essential learning in areas including anatomy, physiology, stable yard and stud management, nutrition, animal behaviour and welfare. The College holds strong links to local and national industry providers: each year our students undertake a residential trip at the Badminton Horse Trials, working alongside Kelvin Bywater to build the showjumping area.

Meet your lecturer
Ria McLean, Lecturer in Equine Management, Equine

Ria joined the College in February 2019. She previously worked at Berkshire College of Agriculture as HE Equine Coordinator for over 3 years, in which she achieved her BHSAI and Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training. She completed her MSc in Equine Science at Aberystwyth University, writing her dissertation on the 'Incidence of Caslick vulvo-plasty operations in a population of TB mares', winning the UFAW scholarship and presenting her findings at the British Society of Animal Scientists and University Federation of Animal Welfare. Ria has worked in several equine establishments; however, her main interests lie in SJ and reproduction and stud management. She worked for an International show jumper as sole groom, a stud farm as Head Groom and a relief groom for Lluest Equine Centre. Ria also enjoyed numerous successes competing in SJ and ODE, being Northern Ireland Riding Club Junior Open Champion and All Ireland School Champion 2009-2010. She continues to compete unaffiliated SJ and ODE when she travels back to NI.

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Equine Teaching Facilities

Your practical learning will take place at Rein and Shine and Stonar, two of the best equine facilities in the region.

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