Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)

In partnership with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, Hartpury College run the DiSE programme which provides riders with opportunities to improve sporting performance through a variety of training camps and home visits.

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What is offered

Hartpury offers riders a high-quality training environment, access to modern, well-equipped facilities and technical professionals who cover areas such as physiotherapy, nutrition and conditioning. Selected coaches will work to encourage, support and nurture athletes through their elite development throughout this programme tailored specifically to aspiring riders.

Riders across all disciplines will complete shared core modules of the programme, as well as specialist training in their chosen discipline and home visits with their allocated mentor.

Completion of this programme will provide the learner with 64 UCAS points - highly valuable when looking into university applications.

There will be five central camps at Hartpury which all riders will be required to attend. These will be supplemented by regular home visits to the rider’s home training environment and group visits to the training yards of high-profile riders.

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Find out what a day in the life of a DiSE student is like:  


This programme is for riders in their first year of further education (Year 12) who meet the criteria for dressage/para-dressage listed below:


Riders should be competing consistently at Medium level and above and achieving 65% or more (applicants should have a minimum of four results at the level required in the 12 months prior to application). Riders will also be considered on younger horses (up to 7 years of age) who demonstrate the potential to compete successfully at International level and are already competing consistently at Elementary or above and achieving 70% or more. (Please note: Freestyle scores do not count towards minimum criteria).

Para-Equestrian Dressage

Riders must have a current classification and should be consistently and currently scoring 62% in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions. Please note freestyle scores cannot be counted.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021-23 programme are currently closed. Keep an eye out for more information about future programmes coming soon.

For help with any questions about the programme, or the entry requirements, contact the BD Youth Development Officer, Hannah James.

Hannah James