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With an equine course at Lackham you will have regular access to some of the best equine facilities in the region, giving you a unique and immersive learning experience.

We partner the delivery of our Equine courses with Rein & Shine Equestrian Centre. Rein & Shine are a BHS highly commended livery yard and riding school, with multiple arenas (including outdoor, indoor and grass surfaces) delivering high quality, professional riding instruction to our equine students.

As a full-time student, two of your days at college every week will be spent at Rein & Shine, where you will build skills, knowledge 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 equine industries.

Your practical experiences will be supported with learning in areas including anatomy, physiology, stable yard and stud management, nutrition, animal behaviour and welfare. The College has strong links to local and national industry providers: each year our students undertake a residential trip to the Badminton Horse Trials.

Meet your lecturer
Ria McLean,
Lecturer in Equine Management,

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, winning the UFAW scholarship for her dissertation 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.

Dawn Parker-Watkins,
Lecturer in Equine Management,

Dawn has been dedicated to teaching equine studies in FE colleges since 2006; before that she gained industry experience working on prestigious eventing, dressage and hunting yards.

She is a horse owner and over the years has competed in many spheres including showing, show jumping, dressage and endurance; she has also competed internationally, representing Great Britain Riding in the ladies' Military Skills at Arms team. Dawn continues to support the British Tentpegging Association by attending international competitions as the Team Manager and qualified as an International Tentpegging Judge.

Dawn holds numerous qualifications, including: BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management at The Royal Agricultural College, HND Equine Studies Horse and Rider at Pershore and Hindlip College, Worcester; A1 Award and V1 Award, BHSAI and BHS stage 4 Senior Yard Manager.

In her spare time Dawn also takes an interest in alternative therapies including Equine Touch and Zoopharmacognosy, and she is a Reiki Master.

Our Facilities:

Equine Teaching Facilities

Your practical learning will take place at Rein & Shine, one of the best equine facilities in the region.

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