Equine courses at the National Trade Academy have been developed to meet the needs of the equine industry in New Zealand and abroad. Demand is high for stable-hands and grooms in the racing industry, as well as opportunities existing in a variety of equine related fields such as competitive sport, saddleries, breeding studs, riding schools and trekking guides in the tourism industry. Our courses also offer a great opportunity for riders who want to further their own knowledge and riding ability for personal development.
Turn your passion into a career. Experience the thrill of working with horses.
A qualification in Equine studies will launch your career with horses and open doors to international travel and work in this exciting industry.
Equine coaches at NTA
We take pride in the calibre of our coaching team here at the NTA.
(BHSI, NZPCA National Coach, ESNZ Coach Educator) is the Equine Programme Manager and tutor for the Level 3 and Level 4 Equine Studies programmes. Being a NZPCA National Coach since 1998 and holding a BHSI qualification, Kevin has extensive coaching experience in New Zealand, Australia and England. His experience includes a period as Stable Manager at Fulmer Riding Centre in England, breaking in a large number of horses and ponies, publishing a booklet 'Breaking In', work in racing stables riding trackwork, holding and Owner-Trainers Licence and training a winning racehorse in Australia and a successful competition career including competing in Horse Trials at Intermediate level, riding in the National One and Three Day Events at Intermediate level, Showjumping to 'B' Grade, schooling and riding a number of dressage horses up to and including Intermediate I Level and representing New Zealand in the 1996 International Derby at the Queensland Dessage Championships, placing 2nd on Hilltop Otis. Kevin is particularly interested in the development of riders and coaches and of the progressive and systematic schooling of horses at all levels. Kevin has recently rewritten Pony Club Manuals Number 1, 2 and 3.
NZQA Level 4 Grade One Coach, ESNZ development Coach, Level 4 National Certificate in Equine (Sporthorse). Former coach at Claremont Riding Centre, Australia, worked with racehorses in Perth and coached Equine at Telford for 2 years. Lee is manager of Arion Riding Centre.
National Certificate Community Coach Level 3, Level 4 National Certificate in Equine (Sporthorse), Telford Certificate in Equine Studies Level 3. An active competition rider , 2012 achievements included New Zealand Champion Purebred Arabian Mare with Raeward Priscilla and New Zealand Reserve Champion Amateur Rider at the National Arabian Championships.
For more information on our facilities and instructors please see our page on Arion Riding Centre
Courses for New Zealand domestic students
- Equine Courses
- National Certificate in Equine (Introductory Stable Skills)
National Certificate in Equine (Preliminary coaching)
- National Certificate in Equine (Stable Procedures) Sporthorse Stable Assistant. (Level 3)
- National Certificate in Equine, with strands in Sporthorse Stable Attendant and Sporthorse Competitor. (Level 4)