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Horse lover reaps rewards of higher education

Published: October 15, 2018

Duchy College Duchy Stoke Climsland

Rachel Moast, from Beaworthy in Devon, has turned her lifelong love of horses, into a thriving career.


She runs her own her own yard offering livery, training and lessons as well as competing in affiliated Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing and British Carriage Driving.


Rachel left school at 16 and went straight into employment in the equine industry.  She completed her NVQ Level 2&3 on apprenticeship schemes and then went on to take her BHS stage 2,3 and 4 therefore achieving her BHS Intermediate Stable Management qualification.  During this time she also obtained the BHSAI and taught regularly at the yard where she worked.


“I felt that, to further my career and move away from the more menial jobs within the equine industry, a degree would complement the ‘hands-on’ industry experience I already have, enabling me to move up the ladder,” she explained.


“The course on offer at Duchy College, really appealed to me as horse behaviour and training is an area that I have worked in previously and wanted to learn more about and I could fit studying in around my other commitments.”


Rachel has now completed the Foundation Degree and is continuing with the one year top up to the BSc Honours in Equitation Science. She has also had great success with her carriage driving and has become Indoor Open Single Horse Champions at the British Carriage Driving Trials and also won the intermediate Horse Championship.


Alison Abbey, Equine Team Lead at Duchy College said Rachel works hard to balance her working life with her University studies.


“Rachel has brought a wealth and variety of equine industry experience with her, which combined with current and emerging equitation science research will support her future career plans admirably,” she added.

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