Equine students set to benefit from RAU’s partnership with Rein and Shine

04 Jan 2019

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has announced a partnership with equestrian centre, Rein and Shine, which broadens the range of equine provision for both groups of students.

BTEC Level 3 students at Rein and Shine at Braydon, Swindon will spend an away day at the RAU in Cirencester as part of their course, receiving training on equine anatomy and physiology from leading equine lecturers. The University has also confirmed that the BTEC Level 3 will be considered, alongside other relevant Level 3 qualifications, in applications to its BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business and BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management degree courses.

Rein and Shine is offering all RAU students the opportunity to train for their British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 1 Certificate in Riding and Stable Management via Progressive Training. This will take place at Rein and Shine’s first-class facility which sits in countryside on the North-Wiltshire, South-Gloucestershire border. RAU students will receive discounted rates on all riding lessons which they can plan around their studies. Rein and Shine will also play host to the University Equestrian Trials in February 2019.

Owner John McDonald, who runs the centre with wife Jo, said:

It’s so rewarding to be recognised by a University as well-known as the RAU. We’re very much looking forward to working with them to help our BTEC students gain further equine education. In return, our team are excited to work with the RAU students to help them complete their Stage 1 progression training as well as offering them a high-class venue to come and ride at their own leisure.


Dr Andrew Hemmings, Head of the RAU’s School of Equine Management and Science added:

Working together will help our students learn the hands-on practical skills which are valued by many parts of the equine industry. We’re extending a warm welcome to Rein and Shine’s BTEC level 3 students at the RAU, providing them with first-hand experience of the University learning environment.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the equine sector and together we can equip students with the skills required to succeed. We look forward to developing this relationship over time.