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Getting to Know SRUC: Horses for Courses at Oatridge

Published Wednesday, 5th June 2013 in Oatridge Campus news

Graham Gillespie

Oatridge campus has been running equine courses for many years now. Past students have gone on to compete internationally, gain prestigious positions in industry and run their own businesses.

In addition to the full time courses from NC through to HND level, the equine department at Oatridge campus runs a range of short courses and exams throughout the year for both the career minded and hobby horse person as a British Horse Society training centre.

Not only that but Oatridge has welcomed for the last four years the popular international Equine Summer School. Students from as far as North America and Canada travel for a four week course to learn about equine anatomy, physiology and equine fitness. The achievement of the two units counts towards their degree programme in the USA education system. They also have the chance to discover equestrianism “British” style and the opportunity to develop their riding skill as well as experience the equine and general Scottish culture.

The setting for these courses is the Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC) a state of the art venue for equestrian sports and activities. SNEC is located on the Oatridge Campus and includes an 80m x 40m international 400 seater arena, a 60m x 25m warm up arena, 110m x 80m outdoor turf arena, a 6 furlong all-weather gallops.

The new campus stables can house up to 32 horses so equine students have the opportunity to keep their own horse whilst studying and making use of the great facilities.

The list goes on, equine students are able to take part in pony club and riding club events, affiliated and unaffiliated competitions and clinics with international riders and renowned trainers from the world of show jumping, dressage, eventing and vaulting.

A Riding Academy runs every Monday evening for external clients to book riding lessons on the college horses. 

For many years the Oatridge Horse Trials have been a feature in the equine calendar, and although running it as an event is almost entirely weather dependant, the cross country course has a spectacular backdrop in Binny Craig, a prominent hard rock, the centrepiece of the Oatridge campus estate.

The Farriery course rounds up the equestrian scene at Oatridge. Designed to prepare candidates for an apprenticeship in the farriery industry or an alternative careers as a blacksmith, the farriery course has witnessed numerous students become successful in the industry in their own right.

For more information about the equestrian courses visit our Oatridge Campus homepage.

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