" With this education program we are setting new standards, bringing new opportunities for young and talented riders. We want to pass on all of our knowledge combined, preparing you to be a skilled and knowledgeable professional who can bring the industry to a higher level and become an ambassador of equestrian sports" - Andreas Helgstrand, CEO and Founder Helgstrand Dressage.
Are you a jumping or dressage rider on M level or higher and do you want to educate yourself as a rider in the best possible way? Then the Master Rider Education is something for you.
In the Master Rider Education you will be spending many hours in the saddle of not only your own, but also other horses, gaining experience in the training and education of horses. You will be riding between professional riders at first-class facilities with guidence from some of the best riders and trainers of your sport. Besides riding you will work on your knowledge and skill set as a professional. From horse and performance subjects to business subjects and from rider vitality to rider psychology. In this education you will gain all the knowledge and skills you need for success.
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences will be developing and executing a substantial part of the theory in the Master Rider Education. Certified and experienced lecturers from the bachelor program Equine, Sports and Business will be giving live online lectures in both the business and horse & performance subjects.
The Master Rider Education is a full-time, three-year program. For three years we expect you to be full-time dedicated to the program. In the first two education years you will be riding and training internally on location for four days per week. Once a week you will receive theoretical lectures, online and offline. The exact structure of your day and working hours depend on the location you are boarding and training at. In agreement with your trainer, you can change location multiple times thourghout the three years. You are expected to work on projects and assignments and self-study throughout the week as well. In the third year you will again focus on riding and training for four days a week. As for the theory, there is the opportunity to choose an individual project you want to specialize yourself with. You will work on this project for a year with guidance from the university, guest lecturers and trainers. You can for example choose to do a research related to performance and heartrate, take a course in coursebuilding or write a business plan to start your own stable.
Duration, language and fee
The Master Rider Education is an international, three-year, English taught program. The first year of the Master Education will begin in September 2023. The annual study fee of the education is €22.000 (exl. accomodation).