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Court Equestrian (an outreach teaching centre for Abingdon and Witney College) is running another City & Guilds level 2 extended certificate short course starting towards the end of April for adults.

There are two options:

Riding – this is good for those that can walk, trot and canter but want to improve their technique as well as learning more about lunging and grooming techniques.

Horse care – good for those that might want a horse in the future and so want to learn about keeping horses. Also good for riders who want to gain confidence in handling and being around the horses. The topics include tack and fitting of tack, grooming, horse handling, keeping horses and lunging. This course does not involve riding.

Parents, Carers + Partners
The theory course is a great way to keep up with your children/partners
and to understand what is involved in their riding
and why they enjoy it so much.


The course involves practical work and theory.
The theory part includes making posters/leaflets for each topic to show the knowledge gained along with some short answer questions.


The course involves 7 sessions and there is a fee to pay at the start of the course direct to Abingdon and Witney College of £119. If you earn under £16,500 a year then this can be waivered.


If you are interested or have any further questions then please get in touch via email to or


 General information on the courses run each year


Level 2 City & Guilds Extended Certificate in Horse Care. We usually run 3 separate courses in each academic year, starting in November, February and April.

The Course is delivered by Court Equestrian, who is an outreach teaching centre for Abingdon & Witney College for City & Guilds courses.


The course is limited to adults ie 19 or over. There is no upper age limit and no income limit.


The cost of the course is heavily subsidised. Students have to make a small contribution towards tutorial and examination fees (this can be waived if you earn less than c£16,500 pa) for this course. Court Equestrian receives its funding from the Government.


Court Equestrian Riding School/Livery Yard. Court Equestrian is a long-established Riding School & Livery Yard and Teaching Centre.


The courses comprise various modules which can vary from course-to-course. For example, the two courses starting April 2021 include modules from the following list to achieve at least 30 credits:

Fit and Maintain Horse Tack and Clothing

10 credits

Introduction to Lungeing Horses

5 credits

Introduction to Riding Horses on the Flat

10 credits

Introduction to Riding Horses over fences

10 credits

Undertake grooming, trimming & plaiting

5 credits

Introduction to keeping horses at grass

5 credit

Undertake horse handling

5 credits.


Course Dates  

November, February and April

Induction & start dates will be confirmed before each course starts.

Duration              7 sessions, typically one lesson per week.

Dates                    Different modules will be taught on different days. The timetable of which modules on which days will be set on induction, reflecting numbers and interest/experiences.

Students typically attend one lesson per week, but may opt for more.


Students are assessed during the course by Court Equestrian staff. There is no separate examination.
Certificates will be presented at the end.


Please email us for further details or how to apply   OR  

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