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YG: Equine Skills (Level 2)

A 19-week introduction to the Equine Industry with a focus on working safely and effectively around horses.

Equine Skills (Level 2) offers FREE* spaces for 16-19 year olds under the Youth Guarantee Initiative

Literacy and Numeracy and NCEA credits are achievable through all the courses we provide.

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


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  • > Programme 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 Equine Skills Level 2 course is an introduction to the Equine Industry with a focus on working safely and effectively around horses. It's ideal for those wanting to further their knowledge of horses or those who
    would 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.

    This qualification is a stepping stone to higher level equine qualifications

  • > Course Content

    The course covers

    - Daily routine care of horses
    - Horse behaviour and anatomy
    - Feeding
    - Grooming
    - Facility and equipment maintenance
    - Employment skills with industry visits 

  • > Qualifications Offered: Level 2

    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 (Level 2)

    Follow-on qualifications:

    New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3)
    The level 3 course provides the skills and knowledge to assist in the stabling care, exercise and
    management of horses. 

    We have FREE spaces for YG students aged 16-19* and offer limited fee-paying places for those who are 20+ years for Equine Skills (Level 3) please enquire. ​

  • > 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
    (03) 313 5874

    For a map please click here

  • > Start Date: February 2020

    Starts in February 2020 and ends in June 2020

    This full time equestrian training course is 18 weeks in duration with a 1 week recess.

  • > Course Fees and Eligibility: FREE for 16-19 year olds*

    To participate in this course and qualify for free training under the Youth Guarantee initiative,
    students must:

    - be 16-19 years of age at the start of the Youth Guarantee programme;
    - be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency;
    - be prepared to study full-time for 1 year in a level 1-3 programme;
    - not be enrolled in school and a Youth Guarantee programme simultaneously;

    Students must also have an interest in horse care and management. 

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(03) 313 5874
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