The equestrian sector is dedicated to the care of horses. The sector has a range of horse sports including Show jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Racing, Polo, Endurance, Carriage Driving. This sector provides employment for over 41,000 people in the UK; these jobs can range from being a professional rider to providing care for horses in rehabilitation.

Working with horses is very rewarding and this is shown by the thousands of people dedicating their careers to them.

Training and Apprenticeships

Training in the equestrian sector is delivered in a wide range of forms. The Qualification Credit Framework provides a simple and rational framework that presents learner achievement and qualifications in a way that is easy to understand, measure and compare.

It aims to give individuals the opportunity to learn in a more flexible way and enables a wider range of organisations, including employers, to have their training recognised.

Within this framework there are the following qualifications available;

  • Level 2 in Horse Care
  • Level 3 in Horse Care & Management
  • Level 2 in Racehorse Care
  • Level 3 in Racehorse Care & Management
  • Level 2 & 3 in Animal Care


Our experienced Training Officers can help employees choose the right course at the appropriate level to develop their skills and knowledge. These qualifications are delivered in the workplace.

The Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales Programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund. For further information regarding this, please click here »

Contact Us

If you would like more information about training we deliver or are interested in any of our qualifications please don’t hesitate to contact our delivery partners, Haddon Training for the relevant information.

Haddon Training is a work-based training provider, recognised by Ofsted as “Outstanding”. We support the equine industry employers throughout England and Wales with apprenticeships in Horse Care and Race Horse Care. Haddon Training is the preferred apprenticeship provider for British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing and we offer specific pathways for these disciplines.

More information on Haddon Training Equine Care is available here.

More information on Haddon Training Animal Care is available here.