Annika Pohle finished her Bachelor Equine, Leisure and Sports at Van Hall Larenstein in 2009. Right after her graduation she started working as a self-employed horse riding teacher in Recklinghausen. She had taken the horse trainer license exam in Muenster Handorf (Germany) next to her study earlier already, built a website during her study and prepared herself for her new role by focusing on sport science during the last year of her bachelor programme.
During your studies, you spend half of your time on everything to do with the horse itself. You learn about the nutrition, genetics, health and well-being of horses. The other half of your study time is devoted to the business side of the equestrian world. Courses such as marketing, finance, event management and business are part of this. Over the course of your studies, you can specialise fully in the track of your choice: you choose your own internships and a graduation placement that suit your interest.
Example programme structure
|Year||Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4|
Animal nutrition and breeding
Animals in society
Animals in business
Land & forage management
Research & health
Nutrition and breeding
Online marketing and sales
|3||Further deepening in: Horse / Business / Industry / Trade||Internship|
Plenty of cooperation
During your studies, you will build up a network within the equestrian industry and meet professionals who, like you, have a passion for the profession. There are many equestrian events you can visit, you can of course volunteer at equestrian centres or join a breeding association. Because these contacts can help you find the job of your dreams, you will have enough opportunities to develop your own network during your studies. Van Hall Larenstein will be working closely with your future professional field. An example of this is the internship and graduation project: many students already find the job of their dreams here. All they have to do is graduate. Or what about collaborations with companies in which assignments from the business community are analysed in the lessons. You will therefore learn what really matters in business during your studies - and both you and your future employer are sure to profit from this!
We are the only Dutch university of applied sciences to be a member of the Holland Horse Foundation and the International Network Equine Science. In recent years (since 2010), our students have worked with 360 different companies in 35 countries thanks to their internships and graduation projects.