12 Month Practical Course


We offer excellent practical and theoretical equestrian training

Training people and horses since the early 1970’s, Wellington Riding is on the UK’s biggest and best known equestrian centres. Set in 500 acres of the Duke of Wellington’s beautiful Hampshire estate, we are a British Horse Society Approved Riding School, Livery Yard and ‘Where To Train’ Centre.

We have a fantastic range of facilities, over 60 well schooled horses and ponies and BHS trained and qualified staff. All our instructors are carefully selected to ensure that our students receive the highest possible standards of tuition. Whatever your equestrian experience on arrival we can improve your horsemanship in a friendly, safe environment.

Our superb facilities, qualified instructors, many years of experience and internationally recognised reputation, all help to make us a highly successful training establishment. We train towards both British Horse Society (BHS) and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) by achieving ‘modules’ of learning. We are also a popular BHS examination venue.


A practical ‘hands-on’ course giving invaluable industry experience

The course is available to those students who are willing to work in exchange for tuition. We regard these students as very special people, as they spend at least 12 months as part of the Wellington Riding Team.

Students may take their BHS examinations throughout their year with us, and would aim to achieve at least their Stage 1, Ride Safe and Stage 2 qualifications by the end of course. Many of our students are also able to achieve Stage 3, but this may depend on their previous experience before coming to train with us. All students also train towards their 2 Teach and are able to take this too providing they are old enough during their time with us.


Friendly and professional working environment
1 week Voluntary assessment
Ridden training sessions
Stable management sessions
Teaching practice sessions
Apprentice scheme with free enrollment and apprentice wages (subject to eligibility) Possibility of BHS examination subsides within Apprentice scheme (subject to levels of college funding)                                       Continuous supervised practical training
Allocated horses or ponies to care for
Possibility of attaining teaching experience within the riding school
Hands-on show assistant experience
Opportunity to compete ‘in-house’
28 days annual holiday
5 day working week
Full board accommodation on site if required, subject to availability (incurs statutory charges)


Each day at Wellington Riding is unique, affording the students the opportunity to learn many aspects of the equine industry. Students are provided with a variety of experiences which will give them a sound grounding for whichever sector of the industry they choose to pursue.

Student training is carried out on weekdays during the term time. On Tuesdays students will attend their monitoring sessions with our training partners Merrist Wood College. Their formal lessons take place on weekdays usually during the morning. Students will ride; attend theoretical or practical lectures and teaching practice as allocated to them at the start of their course. During the afternoons students will gain the essential practical ‘hands-on’ experience on their allocated yard under the supervision of the permanent yard staff.

Training is not offered on BHS examination days but some students may be given the opportunity to ride within the exam thereby gaining a useful insight into the examination format and content.

Students may have the opportunity to gain additional experience within some or all areas within the business, for example:

Riding School lessons
Riding for the Disabled
Wellington Riding Pony Club
Wellington Riding Saddle Club
Junior Holidays
Lecture Demonstrations
Shows and Events
Bringing on of youngstock

Any additional experience should be seen as an invaluable part of your training course as the skills gained will help when looking for employment within the equine industry. The more students embrace the opportunities that are available to them during their course the more they will benefit from these opportunities.


For those who are eligible, we are pleased to offer the opportunity to further enhance their employment potential with a place on our Apprenticeship scheme. This scheme will enable the student to gain a Horse Care Apprenticeship at Level 2  or Level 3 along with Functional Skills in Maths & English to complete the Apprenticeship.

This scheme is open to EU members between the ages of 16 & 24 years, who have not already completed an equine NVQ or further education qualification (ie. Degree or Diploma) and is provided in association with Guildford College (Merrist Wood Campus).

Apprentices at Wellington Riding receive the additional benefits of free registration and assessments, contracted fixed term employment, apprentice wage.  Possibility of accommodation on site, subject to cost and availability.


In addition to the Working Student course we also offer:-


This fee paying course is designed to enable the student to enable the student to gain BHS qualification in only 12 weeks (subject to availability of examination dates). Students need to be competent riders with sound practical horse care experience in order to gain full qualification in such a short time.


We offer intensive training to students who may be taking an examination but need additional help. These courses can be arranged in either days or weeks depending on your requirements.


If you are interested in any of our professional training courses the first step is to come along and see us for an assessment. These take approximately one hour and include a tour of the premises, a brief riding assessment and a discussion of your requirements. We can then offer advice as to the most suitable course to meet your needs.

We carry out assessments on weekdays between 9.00am and 5.00pm, please contact the office either by phone or email to make a booking.

Once the assessment has been completed, please fill out a Student Booking Form and sent it in to the office.


Accommodation – £50 per week while on Voluntary week. To be paid on or before the first day.

Uniform – To be ordered in advance and should be work from their first day. A full list is available of which some items are compulsory.

BHS Examination Fees – These should be booked and paid for direct with the BHS, but we are happy to help with dates etc.  Some BHS examinations may be included in the apprenticeship.

Books – We have a suggested reading list, please ask for advice if necessary.

Stationery – Notepads, pens and folders are needed for lectures and should be purchased prior to the start of the course.

Shop Purchases – After completion of their voluntary week students with recieve a 10% discount on items from our shop. This discount does not apply to logoed uniform, books, feed supplements or items on special offer.


As outlined in our 12 Month Practical Course brochure; for those eligible students we are pleased to offer the opportunity to enhance their employment potential with a Horse Care Apprenticeship at Level 2.

This scheme is intended for learners between the ages of 16 & 24 years at sign up, who have not already completed an equine apprenticeship or further education qualification (ie Degree or Diploma) and are provided in conjunction with Guildford College (Merrist Wood Campus).

After completion of their voluntary week, students will be reviewed and if successful and eligible will then be signed up as an employee on an Apprenticeship scheme.

Apprentices at Wellington Riding will receive:-

Free Registration with Guildford College
Free Assessment and training during term time
Contracted fixed term employment with Wellington Riding
Apprentice weekly wage @ statutory apprentice rate (less any Statutory Deductions and accommodation charge if residential, see below) 5 day working week totalling 45 hours
28 days holiday
In return Apprentices will agree to:-

Attend scheduled training sessions

Attend yard duties at agreed times
Adhere to yard and accommodation rules
Adhere to Health & Safety policy
Dress appropriately for training and yard duties
Notify yard head in advance if unable to attend yard duties or training sessions

If an Apprentice wishes to take up a residential place there will be a weekly charge at the statutory rate which will cover accommodation. This charge will be deducted at source from your Apprentice wage. Refunds are not made for any services not taken and at least one month’s notice in writing must be given to become non-residential.