British Dressage has developed a partnership with training provider Haddon Training to give our members access to some Sporting Excellence apprenticeships and work-based traineeships and apprenticeships.

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Haddon Training have over twenty years’ experience as a specialist equine training provider and can help you to begin or develop your career within the equine industry.  They maintain an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Grade 1 result for their quality provision, and are proud winners of multiple awards in the training sector.

Whether you're looking to develop a hands-on career within the equine industry through a work-based apprenticeship, or you're a rider wanting to develop further skills and improve sporting performance, we have it all!


Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a Level 3 programme provided by British Dressage and Haddon Training and in partnership with British Showjumping and British Eventing.

It's an apprenticeship with a difference, tailored around the three Olympic Disciplines, to offer talented riders the support to enable them to progress on the right path to succeed and excel in their chosen equine career.

AASE  provides learners with the opportunity to be trained by world class coaches. However, being the very best is more than riding and competing. The programme is designed to focus on everything an elite athlete needs to perform at the top level, in addition to developing their ridden talent; such as technical and tactical focus, career planning, physical training, sport psychology, communication, nutrition and communication in the media.


Programme leader Corrine Bracken explains more:

How to apply

Thinking about applying? Find out whether you might be eligible by taking a look at the eligibility criteria below:

  • Have been a resident in England for the last 3 years and have the right to live and work in England.
  • Employed in the equine sector in England for 30 hours per week with a contract of employment, with the ability to be released for 20% of your employed time for learning (not necessarily away from the workplace).
  • At least 16+ years old (at least by 31 August 2021) and have completed year 11 in 2021 (or before). There is no upper age limit.


We are anticipating our next group of AASE learners to begin on programme in September 2021, with applications being taken from June 2021. 


Work-based apprenticeships

Traineeships are a part of a Government initiative to help school leavers and young people with little or no experience develop the right skills needed to advance in their chosen industry.  With Haddon Training, you’ll be working in a high-quality work placement, receiving training from professionals and building the foundations for a successful career in an equine environment. Most of Haddon Training’s trainees progress onto their apprenticeship programme.


Apprenticeships are provided by Haddon Training, working closely with many established dressage yards and other specialised equine employers to help train and educate the talent of tomorrow, ensuring you are fully competent and working at the commercial speed that equine employers require.

For the equine industry, they can offer equine groom, senior equine groom and learning mentor apprenticeships, which can also be tailored to fit your chosen career pathway, including riding, breeding and general horse care.

You will receive quality, hands-on training to develop your practical skills and experience, alongside training and mentoring in the knowledge needed to be successful in the equine industry.  Haddon Training also support maths and English development for those that require it.  
Haddon Training are proud to have a 100% first time pass rate for both their equine groom and senior equine groom apprenticeships.