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TAFE NSW Equine Academy

Learn the hands-on skills you need to work in the horse industry.

The award-winning Equine Academy was formed at Richmond in 2010, with the aim to increase the safety, sustainability and professionalism of the thoroughbred racing industry through training.

Equine Academy - Why attend

Why TAFE NSW Equine Academy?

The NSW Thoroughbred Racing industry contributes significantly to the economy of New South Wales. It is one of the state’s major employers, with over 16,000 full-time employees, and since the formation of the Academy, the safety standards across the industry have lifted.

Award Winning

Award winning

Industry Collaboration Award winner, Australian Training Awards.


Strong Connections

Strong connections to industry and employers

The Australian Racing and Equine Academy works hand-in-hand with NSW Racing.


Industry Professionals

Industry professionals

Teaching staff are still active in their professional fields, with all the latest knowledge, techniques and industry connections.

Equine Centre of Excellence - Showcase

Equine Centre of Excellence - Features & Services



  • Indoor dressage arena
  • Outdoor sand arena
  • Farrier workshop with 12 forges
  • 600m sand exercise track


  • On the job training & traineeships
  • Up to 30 horses & mechanical horses to suit all riding abilities
  • Simulated workplace at Richmond College for all courses, hands-on practical classes to get students job ready

Equine Academy - Courses

Courses with horses

If you love horses and want a career as a groom or stablehand in a performance horse stable appeals to you, then the Certificate III in Performance Horse is the right course for you. Be taught by industry experts in world-class facilities as you learn practical skills that employers in this industry demand, such as:

- How to apply safe-handling skills when working in the equine industry
- How to implement risk-management procedures
- How to exercise performance horses (ridden and non-ridden)
- How to maintain the health and welfare of performance horses
- How to prevent and treat equine injury and disease
- How to determine nutritional requirements of horses
- How to implement biosecurity procedures

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A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care – a very important factor in a horse’s health. This nationally recognised farriery course will help you develop the skills to perform individual horse hoof care, ranging from a standard trim or shoeing to more complicated corrective measures.

A farrier combines skills traditionally associated with blacksmiths with veterinarian-related skills in equine anatomy. Our equine-industry expert teachers will ensure you gain the confidence to:

- Handle horses safely
- Trim hooves
- Shoe horses with various faults and defects from moderate to severe
- Undertake welding
- Establish hoof care, trimming and shoeing plans
- Use handheld tools and power tools

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The nationally accredited Certificate II in Racing Industry will put you on track to a career in the horse racing industry. Learn the skills you need to safely handle horses during feeding, grooming and exercising, and start your career in breeding, training or racing stables.

This course will have you ready for a career in the exciting racing industry. As well as providing a nationally recognised qualification and strong industry links, this course will teach you how to:

- Exercise and ride horses
- Provide first aid to horses
- Clean and muck out stables
- Maintain equipment such as horse riding tack
- Manage early morning starts, and
- A strong start to your equine studies

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The nationally accredited Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) will ensure you are a front runner in the racing industry. Take your love of horses and early morning starts and learn to manage the daily operations of a harness or thoroughbred racing stable.

Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

- Understand how the horse racing industry operates
- Effectively treat and train animals
- Groom and handle horses and supervise others to groom and handle horses
- Implement horse feeding programs
- Load horses onto floats and transport them to the racetracks
- Implement fitness regimes for horses
- Implement stable operations

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This qualification reflects the role of trackriders, to exercise thoroughbred horses on the instruction of a trainer in the racing industry.

Trackriders require high level riding skills to exercise racehorses at various paces. They must be able to:

- Interpret and implement trainers instructions
- Communicate information about racehorse fitness and performance accurately
- Work independently with limited supervision

This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories.

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