The Writtle University College (WUC) Equine team has a proven reputation for delivering exceptional equine degree programmes and enhancing students’ employability with a practical hands-on learning approach. The industry links and reputation built around our Equine and Veterinary Physiotherapy courses have enabled the team to create the WUC Equine Academy.
The WUC Equine Academy is a new initiative aimed at supporting between six and 12 talented riders for one academic year (with the potential for this to be extended) whilst the rider is studying for any Higher Education award at Writtle University College.The package provides support in two forms:
We recognise that for some talented riders, bringing a horse to university may not be possible (for example, for an international applicant). In this instance we will consider involving students in a range of riding opportunities which, depending on the yearly circumstances, could include ‘re-training’, ‘re-habbing’ or potentially producing, a WUC-owned horse. Therefore, experience and flexibility are required of any students wishing to be involved in the diversity offered on the PHPP line.
All applicants to the Equine Academy must be dedicated (and ideally competitive) equestrians. They will understand their goals and see them realised with the support and guidance of experienced and professional in-house and guest coaches, whether the applicants’ discipline is Dressage, Showjumping, or Eventing, or another recognised horse sport.
Hi, I am Megan and I am on my first year of the Integrated Master's in Veterinary Physiotherapy. I am very grateful and excited to be on the production line of the Equine Academy here at Writtle University College.
Hi, my name is Pippa Fourie, I am from South Africa, but I have been living in Bahrain for the past 8 years. I have recently moved to the UK to start my journey at Writtle University College and the Equine Academy too!
Follow the journey of me and my horse Callista Clover on the Writtle University College Equine Academy.
Lets start with a bit about me, I'm 21 years old and have ridden for my whole life. I started on a cheeky Welsh Section A, who taught me a lot about sitting to over-jumps and bucks!
I'm a first year BSc Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation student and Slovenian show-jumper, who got an amazing opportunity to join the Equine Academy, as a part of the Performance Horse Production Pathway.
Hi! My name is Amie, I am a 21-year-old Veterinary Physiotherapy student at WUC, currently in my third year of study. It is my first year on the equine academy with my horse Pellé and we are loving every minute of it so far.
Join my trusty steed Dolly & I whilst we embark on a new journey at Writtle University College through the Equine Academy!
Follow the journey of me and my horse Vodka 4, a 17.2 hand Slovenian Warmblood, who I am currently competing up to one metre classes.
Welcome to the world of me and Milka at Writtle Equine Academy.
Follow my journey on the Performance Horse Production Pathway at Writtle University College!
Follow me and my horse Oscar, a 16.1 hh 5 year old trekehner. I currently compete at novice level with this very talented horse and hope to go up the levels.
Follow the journey of me and my horse Felix (Hearsay II) conquering the showjumping world!
Follow a student at Writtle University College dedicated to her studies and her passion for showjumping.
Follow me on my journey into the dressage world!
Follow me on my journey through the Performance Horse Production Pathway (PHPP) and into the world of dressage!
Follow my journey on the Performance Horse Production Pathway (PHPP).
Acceptance into the Equine Academy will be competitive. Retention of your Academy place will require the successful applicant to pass and excel at their academic assessments throughout the year, alongside their riding commitments. Candidates will have an exemplary attendance record and convey a commitment to the provided academic sessions. In return, members will have access to our equine facilities and our experienced support staff.
It is expected that Equine Academy members will become ambassadors for the Academy and maintain high standards throughout their time as a member, by helping with demonstrations at University Open Days, becoming involved in marketing initiatives and for taught sessions.
Members must support fellow students on the yard, offering to become mentors to encourage and develop other students. Members must be able to work as part of a team to maintain professional standards at all times, whether in the stable barn or as a rider representing WUC while competing at events.
Members will be required to chart their development and success via Social Media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and there will be an expectation to showcase the progress of the Academy horses and riders through writing a blog.
As the PHPP is potentially a business model, any PHPP horses could be produced, sold, or integrated into the WUC equine facility. PHPP horses will have their basic maintenance costs covered by WUC and riders working with PHPP horses will need to enter into a contract with WUC to ensure clarity of responsibilities.Ideally all applicants (Equine Academy and PHPP) would also:
Applications must be received by end of July 2023
For more information about the Equine Academy and to apply please contact Jane Hart