Certificate Program in Equestrian Stable Management

Participate in this course to earn yourself the qualification as an equestrian stable manager – take on higher responsibilities in the equestrian business by gaining professional skills!

  • Learn from world-class equine specialists and renowned business professors

  • Acquire knowledge at high didactic and academic level combined with practical skills

  • Enable an efficient and innovative work structure to manage the challenges of today’s equestrian stables

One program – two tracks tailored to your needs

Operative Track

Organizing the stable activities and coordinating the interface with the office

  • Intense schedule, combinable with side job

  • 4 online modules in Basic Stable Management & Horse Performance

  • Paid full-time internship in a high class sport stable & a project work to combine the gained knowledge

  • 3 face–to-face events in Aachen, Germany

  • Program fee: 8,000€
    Early Bird fee: 7,200€
    Fee with referral bonus: 6,800€

Executive Track

Leading and optimizing the stable overseeing all strategic management processes

  • Balanced schedule, combinable with full-time job

  • 8 online modules in Advanced Stable Management, Horse Performance & Stable Strategy

  • Networking with expert speakers from the equestrian business

  • 3 face-to-face events in Aachen, Germany

  • Program fee: 15,000€
    Early Bird fee: 13,500€
    Fee with referral bonus: 12,750€

If you want to be one of the best, you need to learn from the best, and there is no better place than Aachen to do that.

Eleonora Lanini, Executive Track

Attending the program has been an immensely rewarding experience. Kicking off the course with an on-site event at the prestigious CHIO Aachen venue has set a fantastic tone for the following sessions. Delving into the topics of finance and bookkeeping was particularly significant for me. The lecturers took the time to respond to all questions thoroughly going above and beyond by consulting with other experts to provide the most comprehensive answers. Overall, the program is an excellent resource, equipping me with the knowledge and skills to fine-tune our existing systems and enhance our stable’s operations.

Steffie Hornig, Executive Track

I am really very positively surprised at what great experts we have in the lectures – it’s really fun to get all this exciting knowledge. I really think that more attention should be paid to the program. Especially because of the many new contacts we made, which you wouldn’t get to without previous experience. I look forward to seeing you again in Aachen!

Saskia Klingel, Operative Track

The Equestrian Stable Management program gives you a good inside how every department of stable management works!  A good theoretical substantiation behind the practical for my daily business! Finally a good education for the Equestrian world.

Ann Verschore, Executive Track

For the first three months of the program I’ve collected all the theoretical knowledge that has been provided to me through experienced experts and lecturers that I for sure will be needing in the future as a stable manager. The program is challenging, educational and mostly fun. It’s filled with interesting insights into some of the most prestigious and world class stables.

Chanjanok Klara Ruecker, Operative Track

Choose your track!

Occupy yourself with fundamental economic correlations and strategic considerations, which will push your equestrian business forward. Armed with this knowledge, you can improve the organizational processes, manage your activities efficiently, calculate investments and make sustainable decisions.

Budgets and financing models have to be taken into account for every investment. Learn how to calculate efficiently, weigh up risks and measure the effect of your investment–whether you are improving the training facilities, purchasing horse transporters or expanding the stables. Using the right methods you can convince your establishment to invest in purchases, activities or marketing measures.

There always needs to be somebody in modern equestrian businesses, who retains the overview. Learn how to analyze and optimize the operating processes. Improvement measures can entail modifications to the organizational structure and/or the implementation of digital tools. Get to know software that helps you keep an eye on the key data of all horses and automate the recurring processes in your establishment.

The horses are the core piece of every establishment –as well as its employees of course. Learn the theoretical know-how about how to be a good employer. Because nothing is more important than a motivated team of professional riders, grooms, technical and administration employees. In this module you will occupy yourself with recruiting, teamculture as well asthe promotion and evaluation of employees and their skills.

International sport horses are top athletes. Important scientific training diagnostics and the vital signs should be taken into consideration when drawing up a health-preserving and performance-promoting training plan. Bring your horses into top form based on individual training and competition schedules and with the aid of manual and digital tools.

The equestrian sport is built on a partnership-like relationship between the horse and rider. Unfortunately, the equestrian world is overshadowed by current scandals and concerns about animal welfare.
The basic principles of equine welfare and also the justification of the equestrian sport are addressed and discussed here. You will furthermore learn the important veterinarian regulations that apply for national and international shows, so you can optimally care for and prepare your horses and avoid doping.

Over the past decades the international equestrian sport has expanded strongly. Consequently, the show calendars of professional riders include shows all over the globe. This of course means that the horses also have to travel and be transported. Learn the relevant processes and regulations that apply for the national, international and intracontinental transport of horses (horse trailer, ship, airplane): From the vital signs and red flags of the horses during transport, to the border and customs regulations, through to the quarantine and import regulations.

Occupy yourself with the external image of your equestrian establishment. What is your branding like? How is the brand perceived? How attractive is your business for horse owners, riders, sponsors and dealers? Carry out small-scale market research and take a look at the cost/benefit ratio of your advertising activities to justify your decisions and generate an authentic image of your equestrian sport business.

All people involved in the equestrian sport are passionate about what they do. However, modern stables are economic enterprises, which have to be run strategically to achieve their goals. Get to know methods that allow you to develop the individual strategy for your business and work out the respective measures. Put your plans into practice and achieve growth, efficiency and make your equestrian business competitive as a result.

As participants in the Operative Track tend to have gained little working experiences so far, a 6-month internship, which is designed to prepare working life after graduation, is included in the program. We are proud to offer internships throughout Europe and in the USA and more partners will join around the globe. This gives participants the opportunity to go abroad and improve their English skills, the main language in this industry.

In the final phase the project work rounds off the Junior Program. By independently working on a specific topic within a limited period of time (approx. 3 months), the student learns to develop a structured solution to a practical problem. The aim is to transfer the theoretical content from the online courses into a concrete challenge in the partner barn, which will be elaborated in this scientific paper. Thematically, the project work can be chosen in the field of management or equestrian sports.

Scholarship Offers

We love diversity and want to enable talented people to qualify for the Equestrian Stable Manager job position – regardless of their financial background! That’s why we offer different types of scholarships for people with certain requirements and goals.

Excellent academic content powered by RWTH University and the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS

The program is designed by specialists from both science and practice. This enables the exchange about professional solutions for the fulfilment of complex tasks in the equestrian world.

Online teaching

Benefit from flexible learning with on-demand videos and study material. Meet the other participants and lecturers for online sessions to apply and discuss the acquired knowledge. Gain exclusive insights into the partner stables and network with equestrian business experts and companies.

On-site phases

The program includes three on-site events that will take place in Aachen, Germany. The highlight is the meet-up for the CHIO Aachen event. Look forward to great insights, workshops and a thrilling atmosphere!

Your degree

Upon completion of the program, you receive a Professional Certificate in Equestrian Stable Management issued by RWTH International Academy and CHIO Aachen CAMPUS.

Benefit from excellent partner stables

Expand your network or complete an internship in one of the following high-class sports stables worldwide.

Hetzel Horses GmbH

Location: Goch, Germany

Show Jumping

Training, sales, auctions

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Jos Lansink Horses bvba

Location: Meeuwen, Belgium

Show Jumping

Training, sales, stallions

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Isabell Werth

Location: Rheinberg, Germany


Sport, training

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John Madden Sales inc.

Location: Cazenovia, New York, USA

Show jumping

Training, sales

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Cian O’Connor

Location: Karlswood Stables, Batterstown, Ireland

Show Jumping

Competition, Training, coaching, high performance centre

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Hoy Enterprises Ltd

Location: Somerby Stables, Leicestershire, UK


Competition, training, coaching, sales 

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Yeguada la Pasíon

Location: Conil de la Frontera, Spain


Sport, Sales, Iberian horses, Sustainability

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Gestüt Schafhof (Matthias Alexander Rath)

Location: Kronberg i. Ts., Germany


Sport, stallions, stud, sales, events

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Sportpferde Scholz

Location: Sassenberg, Germany


Sport, Training, Sales

Read more

You are also welcome to suggest a stable for your internship!

To be approved by the program management.

“When I am in the ring, it is down to me and my horse alone. But there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes. The entire team plays a totally decisive role in every victory I achieve.”

Henrik von Eckermann, patron of the program


All participants must be 18 years of age or older, have good written and spoken English skills, and meet the following requirements:

Operative Track

  • Relevant previous (professional) experience (e.g., in the equestrian sport, side job, amateur)
  • Secondary level education standard
  • A great passion for horses
  • Organizational skills
  • High reliability

Executive Track

  • Vocational training/degree or studies in a related field or 3 years of relevant working experience
  • Professional appearance
  • A great sense of responsibility
  • Strategic and structured thinking

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Paulina Köster
Program Manager

Julie Spronck
Program Manager

RWTH International Academy

Paulina Silva Ribeiro
Program Manager

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