Considering your Training Options?

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 Smart, Fun and Convenient Option at   –                 the Kent Equine Academy.

The Kent Equine Academy is a partnership between Kent’s Premier Riding centre – Callum Park and the Premier Elite Sporting Academy in Kent – the Canterbury Academy.

This unique and exciting partnership delivers top quality training with top quality facilities and the very best student care and attention you will find. Students are treated as individuals and work in small groups to attain the very best results.  The training is highly individualised and the practical and commercial environment ensures that students are trained sympathetically and in the way that employers prefer.

IMG_5384The BTEC courses are designed and delivered so that students may also take advantage of the British Horse Society (BHS) stage qualifications as well as GCSE’s in other subjects of their choice.

“There is a need for a Student focussed Equine training provider in Kent” says Phil Karnavas – Executive Principle of the Canterbury Academy – “Our own journey of change over the last few years has resulted in our Academy now being judged as Outstanding by Ofsted. We identify with the quality and ethos at the Kent Equine Academy and their determination to put the student first. We are proud to partner this venture and look forward to expanding this outstanding facility even further.”

The Extended Level 3 course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and not to be confused with some Diploma or Traineeships offered elsewhere and all offer

  • professional training in a practical & commercial environment
  • small group numbers with intensive support
  •  3 day week Equine training plus additional GCSE’ options as required.
  • 14 to 18 year old options – fully funded.
  • Access to the vast Educational, Mentoring & Social facilities of the Canterbury Academy.
  • Access pathways to either Higher Education or a better prospect of employment.

IMG_1057While the last decade has seen considerable improvement in the academic standards of equine training, the practical training has not always kept pace, says Lynn Petersen , Chief Executive of the British Horse Society. Training horses is a hands-on game; it doesn’t come exclusively from a book. The Kent Equine Academy understands this and successfully combines academic and hands-on training. This is an incredibly exciting development in the UK Equestrian market and our industry will be far better for this combined approach.”

Overlooking the Swale and Medway Estuaries and set in beautiful rolling countryside the Academy boasts some of the best riding facilities in the South East including 2 International Arenas and a superb indoor complex. A new classroom with the latest technology and teaching aids, 65 acres of paddocks and pastures and over 40 horses and Ponies makes it the perfect place to Learn.

“We are delighted to see the expansion of the Kent Equine Academy” says Alex Copeland – Head of Sports development at the British Equestrian Federation.  “Our organisation promotes the development of Equestrian Sports in the UK and we need a well trained Modern workforce to drive this. This is exactly the sort of Training provider we need to produce the next generation of coaches.”

photo shoot 3rd april 163Training is delivered by experienced coaches and tutors with specialist teachers in veterinary and the core science subjects, supported by expert careers advisors with industry links who develop and evolve student ‘Moving on’ plans.

All too often we see qualified job applicants ill equipped for the workplace or hear from students Stuck in Dead End Traineeship schemes with little or no prospect of progressing afterwards “- says Louisa McGee – Equine Principle at the Kent Equine Academytime and time again we are approached by those who did not complete courses elsewhere and are now too old for funding”.

Funding usually ends at 18 so be sure to make the most of your precious entitlement as soon as you leave school.

For further information on the Academy including open evenings or to download course details and application forms see


Courses available from this September include:


BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care

 A one year course aimed at students who want to be introduced to the practical skills of horse care, management and riding. This is great for the less academic and can lead directly into the equine industry or prepare students for entry to higher education at Level 3.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management (Equivalent to 3 A-Levels)

A two year course aimed at students with riding experience up to Jump level. A broad range of subjects are covered including sciences. This course opens genuine career doors or allows progression to higher education. A one year variant of this course is now also available.sports facilities with horse

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