New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills*

(Level 2) 50 Credits

*Subject to NZQA Approval

Certificate in
EQUINE SKILLS*

The purpose of this introductory qualification is to provide learners the skills and knowledge to work safely and effectively around horses in the commercial thoroughbred racing stable or stud farm.

 

Through the programme learners will be able to build trust relationship with horses, safely and within the Animal Welfare criteria and will be confident and comfortable working alongside and with Thoroughbred horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and stable hands.

The qualification is targeted at the learners who have an interest in the equine industry and want to learn what it takes to work safely and effectively around horses in a commercial thoroughbred racing stable or stud farm environment.

*Please note that this programme is pending NZQA Approval

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Outcome

On completion of this programme, learners will be able to:

  • Apply employment skills in an equine industry

  • Carry out daily routine care of horses-feeding, grooming

  • Identify signs of health in a horse

  • Demonstrate horse behaviour and anatomy

  • Prepare horses for travel and exercise

  • Carry out facility and equipment maintenance

Content and design of the programme

The programme is unit standard based and the content covers knowledge and application of the following skills required to work in an equine workplace:

  • ​Employment skills in an equine industry

  • Daily routine care of horses-feeding, grooming

  • Signs of health in a horse

  • Horse behaviour and anatomy

  • Preparing horses for travel and exercise

  • Facility and equipment maintenance

DELIVERY MODE

The delivery of this programme will be face-to-face with class hours to cover the theory component and practical in the commercial thoroughbred racing stable or stud farm under close supervision.

 

Face to face (Theory 181 hours and Practical 322 hours)

Face to face teaching in class, Practical at the Byerley Park includes:

  • Working with horses in a commercial thoroughbred racing stable or stud farm to carry out daily routine activities,

  • Working in groups on projects at the races alongside the float driver, starter, camera crew, stewards, owners and jockeys,

  • Site visits to New Zealand’s finest stud farms, racing stables, feed companies or museums,

  • Guest speakers from industry for workshops and interviews,

  • Self-directed study.

 
EMPLOYMENT PATHWAY

Graduates of this qualification may be employed as stablehands or stud assistants in a sector of the equine industry.

With further work experience and study, graduates may gain employment as harness stable assistants, thoroughbred racing track riders, thoroughbred racing strappers, thoroughbred stable assistant, sporthorse stable assistants, stud grooms, or therapeutic riding assistant coaches.

 
EDUCATION PATHWAY
Students may proceed to further study in:
  •  - New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3)
     

Entry Requirements 

  • The entry is open to applicants aged 16 years or older.

  • The student must have an interest in the equine industry and physical capability to cope with the practical demands of the qualification.

  • The applicants will be invited to an interview by Skill NZ staff at Byerley Park to help us ensure the course is right for them.