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 competition riders, bringing a horse to university may not be possible (for example, for an international applicant). In this instance we will consider allocating a WUC-owned young horse, being produced for competition and sale, to a team of two or three talented riders as part of the PHPP initiative.
All applicants to the Equine Academy must be determined and dedicated 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.
Follow the journey of me and my horse Felix (Hearsay II) conquering the showjumping world!
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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 a business model, the PHPP horses will be competed and may eventually be sold, or integrated into the WUC equine facility. These 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:
For more information about the Equine Academy and to apply please contact Jane Hart