Education and Training

We currently have vacancies for apprentices and working pupils. Please contact us for more information.

Easter Hall Park is a successful and popular choice of equine training provider in the south west of Devon. Here we offer a wide range of short or long term courses that can be completed in a real working environment. We are closely connected with Duchy College, which makes it possible for some courses to gain government funding, helping towards the cost of your chosen qualification.

All of our teachers and trainers are qualified through the BHS and are recognised NVQ assessors. There is also a variety of accommodation on site available for learners. Here at Easter Hall Park, our students will get the opportunity to work in various aspects of the equine industry from breeding, assisting in the breaking and training of young-stock, carriage driving and working within the busy environment of the riding school.

Many of our courses can be taken at the age of 16, making this an ideal opportunity to complete training within the school summer holidays.

Please contact us to discuss any of the courses described below.

The courses we can offer are:

  • BHS Stage 1 Horse knowledge and riding
  • BHS Stage 2 Horse knowledge and riding
  • BHS Stage 3 Horse knowledge and riding
  • Preliminary Teaching Test
  • BHS Riding and Road Safety
  • Horse Owners Certificate
  • NVQ Level 1
  • NVQ Level 2
  • NVQ Level 3

Equine Transport Qualifications

These meet the EU regulations which cover the welfare of animals in transit. They are also accredited by the Qualification Authority and by DEFRA. There is a minimum age of 16 for these two courses.

Certificate in equine transport (CET)

Designed for those transporting horses on journeys over 65 km, but not exceeding 8 hours, there are two options:

  • Attendant
  • Attendant/Driver

Advanced Certificate In Equine Transport (ACET)

This is designed for those transporting horses on short or long journeys exceeding 8 hours. There are three options:

  • Attendant
  • Driver
  • Attendant/Driver

Technical Certificates

These are designed to test the knowledge and understanding needed to support the practical skills involved in caring for a stabled or grass kept horse, there is a minimum age limit of 16 years.

  • Intermediate Technical Certificate In Horse Care
  • Advanced Certificate in Horse Care

Equestrian tourism Qualifications.

These are recognised BHS qualifications for those working in the equine tourism industry, especially those taking out treks, trail rides and hacks.

Certificate For Assistant Ride Leaders.

Age 16 years, applicant must hold a current health and safety at work certificate and a riding and road safety certificate.

Certificate For Ride Leaders.

Age 18 years, applicant to hold all of the above or their BHS AI, or pony club A test, or be over 21 years of age and managed a centre for a minimum of 1 year under supervision

Certificate in health and safety for those working in the equine industry.

Age 16.

Location

Easter Hall Park is situated on the outskirts of the charming village of Petrockstow set in 200 acres of farmland and woodland in the beautiful Devon countryside. We are 30 minutes drive from wonderful beaches such as Bude and Westward Ho, halfway between Dartmoor and Exmoor, making us an ideal base for your holiday in Devon. The Tarka Trail is close by and provides super facilities for walking, cycling and riding.

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