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Sparsholt College And University Centre Sparsholt

Join The Equestrian Performance Experts

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  • Behaviour
  • Coaching
  • Equine Studies
  • Science
  • Sports & Performance
  • Therapy & Rehabilitation

Gold standard teaching and facilities

Join the Equestrian Performance Experts

With BHS highly commended facilities at Sparsholt College & University Centre Sparsholt you will learn from the best, in superb facilities.

Our Rider Performance Studio houses the very latest in simulator technology. The state-of-the-art Racewood Eventing Simulator enables students to further expand their research in the growing field of rider performance, in addition to other industry‑relevant research. UCS is also the only demonstration and training centre in the South of England for Avansce Ltd.’s Synchronicity rein analysis system. Staff also undertake a range of collaborative research projects with industry leaders, giving valuable insight into the equine industry.

The Sparsholt Equine Centre is also home to:

  • Three outdoor arenas

  • A large indoor arena

  • Cross country training route

  • Full size equine skeleton

  • Heart rate monitors

  • ETB Pegasus Gaitsmart System

  • High speed camera

  • Fully-equipped laboratories

  • Biometrics EMG analysis system

  • Quintic biomechanical analysis software

  • Thermal Imaging Camera

  • Eight stables equipped with InfraRed cameras for behavioural observations

  • Six remote behavioural sensors

  • Equisense motion detectors

Find out more about our facilities

University Courses:

On our Equestrian Science and Performance Management degree courses we combine professional teaching in our BHS-approved Avansce-accredited Demonstration and Training Equine Centre with cutting-edge teaching resources and expert staff. University Centre Sparsholt team are all BHS qualified and Avansce-accredited and bring their extensive industry experience. Students are encouraged and supported to undertake their own industry-relevant research, and our staff and students present their research at industry conferences and events. In 2020, our UCS Equine Lecturers were awarded the highly coveted Lecturer Bursary for three years to support student research projects from the British Horse Foundation. The grant will allow UCS to fund a programme of study that will build on our existing findings and aims to establish key points regarding rider performance, rider perception of body shape and its subsequent impact on equine welfare.

FdSc Equestrian Performance Management

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Performance Management full-time

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Performance Management Top-up

BSc (Hons) Equine Science Degree full-time

BSc (Hons) Equine Science Degree Top-up

MSc Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training full-time

MSc Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training part-time

College Courses:

Equine Studies Level 3 (Riding and non-riding pathways available)

Equine Care – Level 2 Technical Certificate

Equine Studies – Level 1 (Riding and Non-Riding Pathways Available)

Coming September 2024 – Equine Care and Management TLevel


Level 2 Apprenticeship in Equine Studies – Horse Care

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Equine Studies – Horse Care

Apply now and follow your passion into a career! 

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