Posted: 7th March 2023 | Back to news feed


Three equine students at Warwickshire College University Centre who are studying for the BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Coaching Degree at Moreton Morrell College have all successfully attained a 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Equestrian Coaching (General Riding)

Ellie Rowe, Grace Debruyne and Rachel Courts have achieved this industry recognised qualification alongside their degree studies in Performance Coaching and is recognised as the industry standard Level 1 qualification for assistant equestrian coaches by the British Equestrian Federation, its member bodies and UK Coaching.

Part of achieving this qualification requires the students to have also completed a recognised safeguarding and first aid course. Successful students can also go onto study for their Level 2 certificate which awards the student with access to gain insurance to coach.

Moreton Morrell College, which is part of college group WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) is well regarded as a specialist equestrian centre and the college is the only provider in the UK outside of a British Equestrian Member Body to offer the industry recognised qualification.

One of the successful cohorts, Grace Debruyne, 19 from Whitnash, said: “I really enjoyed the course. The qualification was really well integrated into our degree which made it easy to balance. The coaching experience has boosted my confidence both in and outside the livery yard which I work at alongside my degree. In the future I am hoping to use my coaching qualifications to move forward into the equine industry.”

Rachel Courts, 19 from Nuneaton, who also successfully completed the course said: “I had no experience in coaching before the course so the knowledge I gained has been invaluable, especially the practical elements of working with the horses in a coaching context. Successfully completing the qualification has meant I was able to become a junior coach at North Warwickshire Pony Club and I am hoping to progress further into saddle fitting or coaching.”

Ellie Rowe, 19 from Great Alne, added: “Getting the hands-on experience through the course was great and being able to apply my classroom learning to my session outdoors has really improved my abilities. Completing the course has given me further opportunities to set up my own freelance business offering coaching and other equine services like clipping and schooling.”

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