The Equestrian Centre and its many facilities at Brackenhurst are an essential resource for the students studying on equine courses here at Nottingham Trent University.

Mary King Arena
The Equestrian Centre's indoor riding arena was re-launched by six time Olympian Mary King in May 2012. This is a 60 x 40 metres with a Prowax sand riding surface which includes a seating gallery area capable of seating 279 people for events or observing training and research.  Indoor Cross Country jumps are available as well as a full range of show jumps.  The Mary King Arena is effectively used for research, allowing horses to be loose schooled and our camera system records both training and research that can then be analysed using various software for both staff and student use. In November 2013, a large screen was installed within the arena which has a record and playback facility. This will be used within teaching and research and can take footage from the four separate camera points around the arena.

Outdoor Riding School
60 x 40 metres with waxed sand and fibre surface, enclosed by fencing and fully floodlit with a full range of show jumps. We also have three permanent cross country fences that interlink onto a grass area to allow for cross country training.

Research Arena
This is a 40 x 20 metres waxed sand surface which is fully enclosed by seven foot fencing to allow loose schooling. Observation holes in the fence allow staff and students to observe the horse(s) from outside the arena to reduce any influence on natural behaviour.

The Equestrian Centre boosts a variety of housing for stabling the horses ranging from individual stabling in American barns to crew yards and pens. The varied housing allows for research and ensures the students experience a range of stabling options.

Park Hill
Park Hill is located a short drive away from our main Equestrian Centre and is home to five semi-feral ponies that are re-homed from Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare Centre. The facility has grazing paddocks with field shelters, a round pen and an all weather surface area for working with the horses. The horses housed at Park Hill are used extensively for research and also teaching within horse human relationship and working horses from the ground modules. 

Equine Centre Classroom
Seats 24 and has fully installed audio visual equipment.

Stabling for over 30 DIY student liveries that includes use of the Equestrian Centre facilities.

Performance Analysis Room
Houses mechanical horse, iJoy Ride, Balimo Chair, Tekscan Pressure testing equipment and mirrors, all of which are utilised for clinics and workshops.

Technical Room
Computer equipment for student use during project work including use of research software such as Observer, OnTrack and Dartfish. This room can also be used for downloading data from cameras, heart rate monitors, mobile eye and other data collecting equipment.

And much more...

  • Cross Country schooling paddock
  • Horse walker
  • Round pens for lunging/research
  • Stocks and solarium
  • Washbox
  • Project rooms for staff and student research
  • Large lecture rooms complete with A/V equipment located in the Bramley Building
  • Laboratory facilities located in the Bramley Building and Veterinary Nursing Unit.
Mary and Emily King
Woman riding a horse