It could be you.

The AASE programme has helped many young athletes achieve great things; the previous AASE alumni have gone on to win gold, silver and bronze medals at Youth European Championships both in Eventing and Showjumping. They have also represented Team GB at Senior Nations Cup Level.

We have seen learners who have also explored careers outside of competitive riding; some have gone on to start their own successful businesses both in livery and sales, some have become top equestrian agents and others are now working in television.

Through the duration of the programme, there will be a minimum of four residential camps at regular intervals which consist of consecutive days of training and assessment. These will be held at fully equipped, high-quality equestrian centres in the UK and further details will be communicated to successful applicants.

This level 3 advanced apprenticeship comprises of a selection of core essential knowledge, skills and behaviours which are broken down into the modules listed below.


“There is a lot more that you learn apart from just the paperwork. All the training is really helpful and the contacts you make are amazing and go beyond the course.”

Deia White, former AASE student.


The modules below reflect the areas covered within the 2021 AASE programme.

In 2022/2023 AASE is undergoing some exciting changes as it becomes an apprenticeship standard, enabling it to be even more dynamic.  If you would like to speak with us about the new Sporting Excellence programme and what it involves please do get in touch

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  • Developing your career

    All aspects of equestrian careers will be covered in this module, both on and off the horse. Goal setting tasks are evaluated throughout the programme and you will be taught how to create detailed plans for national and international competitions.

    Alternative equestrian careers and time management are also key, therefore, you are taught how to plan and manage your finances, work within a budget ensuring your career is financially viable.

    You will work with industry experts during this programme providing you valuable insight and guidance adding value to the overall curriculum.

  • Technical skills

    This module will teach you the technical skills needed to succeed as an equestrian athlete and it is delivered by expert equestrian coaches who provide the skill set required to compete at a high level.

    Our vocationally experienced coaches have all worked and ridden at a senior championship level, some have also competed at and coached at Olympic level.

  • Tactical skills

    This module focuses on teaching and developing the tactical skills needed to succeed as an equestrian athlete and it’s delivered both on and off the horse.  Being aware of how you think and approach a competition can help your performance and produce exceptional results.

  • Mental skills

    Mental strength is a key skill for any athlete in all levels of competition. This part of the programme will take you on a journey that develops your mental strength and resilience during the apprenticeship duration. We work with Chimp Management, experts in helping people make the best out of themselves and others.

  • Physical skills

    Fine-tuning of your physical strength will be delivered through strength and conditioning, but also as a targeted element of the programme to enhance you as an athlete. Our industry experts are leaders in their given area, working with Olympic level athletes.

  • Nutrition

    A balanced diet is essential to any high performing athlete and during this module our industry expert will help to explain the need for a healthy diet in the equine industry.

    Our industry expert Julia Scott-Douglas is the former sports dietician to the Team GB Equestrian Team and works with the Professional Jockeys Association.

  • Health and safety

    All aspects of safety in the training and competition environment are covered during this part of the programme and paramedics will take you through your paces using simulated emergency situations. We also teach you how to safeguard yourself against risk and be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

  • Lifestyle

    The lifestyle module teaches you how to achieve a balanced work and home life.  It assesses your strengths and potential areas for concern in your current situation.  You will learn to develop and plan your time, achieving a good and healthy balance.

    Top equestrian personnel, both riders and non-riders, give talks about their life in the industry within this module.

  • Communication skills

    Being able to communicate clearly has increased in importance and has become key to the success of the equestrian athlete. Being able to present yourself both on social media and on television enhances the possibility of success both through sponsorship and ownership.

    Sports presenters including, Steven Wilde and Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes join our programme to provide on-screen media coaching to our equestrian athletes.

To read more about the programme timeframe, format and eligibility, as well as hearing more from some of our AASE learners please click here.