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EQUESTRIAN: Equine Skills (Level 3) Sporthorse

A 17 week programme provides the skills and knowledge to assist in the stabling care, exercise and management of horses. Equine Skills Level 3 is a FEE PAYING course.

65% of this course is practical using top class equestrian facilities.


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  • > Course Outline

    Our National Equestrian Academy at North Canterbury Community College has an outstanding reputation in the equine industry with job opportunities often offered to our students before the end of their training.

    The 17 week Level 3 Equine Skills - Sporthorse course emphasises hands-on training in all aspects of horse management, care and riding. It's ideal for those wanting to further their knowledge of horses or those who'd like to prepare for a career in the equine industry. 

    Students work towards NZQA units covering both theoretical knowledge of horse management and practical day-to-day care and keeping of horses. About 65% of the course is practical.

    They will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills related to sport horses as well as care and attend to horses situated in and away from their usual environment, whilst under supervision.

  • > Course Content

    The course covers:

    - Daily routine care of horses
    - Feeding
    - Grooming
    - Health, lameness and conformation
    - Industry based skills, studs, clipping etc.
    - Employment skills with industry visits
    - Riding - Flat, jumping and lunge 
    - Preparation for industry employment 

  • > Qualifications Offered: Level 3

    Qualifications offered:

    As part of this programme you will have the opportunity to complete the qualification below. 
    Please click on the links for more details on the qualification.

    New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills - Sporthorse (Level 3)

  • > Location: Rangiora, North Canterbury

    The National Equestrian Academy is located at the North Canterbury Community College in Rangiora. 
    The Academy is situated on a picturesque 7 hectare site with wonderful facilities and 15-20 horses on site.

    National Equestrian Academy
    140 East Belt, Rangiora 7400 
    (03) 313 5874; info.nc@comcol.ac.nz

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  • > Duration: 17 Weeks with 1 week recess

    This full time equestrian training course is 17 weeks in duration with a 1 week recess.

  • > Start Date: 26 June 2017

    End date October 2017.    

    Please enquire regarding 2018 dates for future courses.

    National Equestrian Academy
    140 East Belt, Rangiora 7400 
    (03) 313 5874; info.nc@comcol.ac.nz

  • > Eligibility Criteria: Riding experience preferred

    A keen interest in training for a career in the Equine Industry. There is a preference for students with some riding experience/skill. Students should aim to be confidently jumping at 50-60cm by the end of the course.

    Students are subject to the College enrolment process and must meet admission requirements. 

  • > Programme Fees: $2,301 (all inclusive)

    The cost of this course for 2017 is $2301.00 (all inclusive)

    Breakdown of costs below:

    Full Programme Fees: $2090.00
    Course Related Costs: $211.00

    *NB. 10% of Programme Fees or $500 (whichever is the lesser amount) is required as deposit on enrolment with remaining fees due 12/02/2017

    Please contact StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz for Student Loan and Student Allowance options. 

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Contact: Faye Gread
Phone: (03) 313 5874
Mobile: 029 770 5423
Address: 140 East Belt, Rangiora
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"I entered the National Equestrian Academy because I wanted to get into the equine industry. It helped me gain the knowledge I needed to seek employment...."

Ashleigh Rennie