Our reputation – Equine Performance Management

equine management reputation

The equine courses at BMC help you to develop the knowledge that underpins the many disciplines within the equine world, once the foundations have been made, you can develop your own interests and undertake some fantastic employment opportunities.

Employment within the equine industry has become increasingly focused on either the leisure industry or professional competition establishments. However, in both areas ‘competition’ is still a key focus, from riders in the leisure field competing in local riding club shows to top competition riders gearing up to perform in the Olympics. The modules within the Foundation Degree and BSc will prepare you for this growing employment market.

Employability, research and awards

Many of our past students have gone into research and development in fitness and training, rehabilitation, nutrition and equine performance as well as stepping into a career in lecturing, instructing, journalism, equine insurance broking or yard and stud management.

Alternatively students may wish to consider postgraduate qualifications, for example MSc and Phd.

Our students have taken part and competed in affiliated events for;

Rachel Watson, BSc Equine Performance Management Programme Leader

Rachel Watson

Position: BSc Equine Performance Management Programme Leader


Tel: 01664 855 279

Rachel graduated with a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and then later completing her PGCE. She currently is completing her MSc in Sports Coaching. Rachel holds a range of BHS qualifications and has worked in the equine industry since she was 16yrs old. Rachel has worked in the UK and America with horses and travelled to many countries riding horses , more recently has taken BMC students to India to ride polo horses and in 2014 will be taking the students to Dubai. There are also a number of master classes that she has been invited to guest speak at include Horse Welfare, BHS, Vets, Farriers and Rehabilitation Specialists. Rachel enjoys Eventing, Team Chasing and coaching people to achieve their goals. As part of her professional development she has participated in a number of master classes including with Boyd Excell (champion international coach driver), British Dressage Training days, British Horse Society (BHS) Training and Demonstrations and Cross Country Schooling. Alongside these she has also taken part in a lot of competitions, these being British Dressage, British Show jumping, British Eventing, Riding Club, BMC events, Brooksby Equestrian Centre’s own competitions, Shire horse show and Horse ball Competitions.

Gabbi Fanning

Position: Lecturer in Equine Management


Tel: 01664 855417

Gabbi graduated university with a BSc in Equine Sports Science and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. Gabbi is qualified to BHSII and holds the BHS Stable Managers certificate, and is working towards the full BHSI. Gabbi has an interest in British Eventing and British Dressage, having competed in both, and regularly still grooms all over the country. Over the past couple of years she has been on trips to Dubai, France and London with the college, and went to Ireland with our BSc group in May 2015. Gabbi has a passion for equine coaching and trains the FE equine squad for their competitions.
Charlotte Farmer Day

Charlotte Farmer-Day

Position: Lecturer in Equine Science & BSc Equine Performance Management Programme Leader (Maternity Cover)


Tel: 01664 855 417

Charlotte predominantly teaches the science modules here at Brooksby. She has worked within the equine industry from grassroots upwards, such as professional event grooming, including CCI*** ; as a work rider, breaking and schooling young and problem horses for owners or for sale; plus in Kenya working racehorses and retraining ex-racehorses to become eventers. Charlotte completed her BSc (Hons) Equine Science degree at Hartpury College, and enjoyed the science aspect of the course so much that she then pursued a career in science teaching in secondary school with her PGCE from Loughborough University, teaching Chemistry, Physics and Biology plus AS and A2 Biology. She continued her education by successfully completing her MSc with merit, making her highly academically qualified. Her role at Brooksby Melton College draws together fascination with science, satisfaction of teaching with passion for horses and how they can perform to the maximum of their ability. She has particular research interest in competition, and selecting young event horses to predict their future elite performance. Through her masters’ research, she has also investigated students’ individual learning styles. She has been heavily involved with the organisation of our British Eventing affiliated horse trials, and has many industry links. She is also keen on racing, hunts regularly and successfully competes her own horse. The small and friendly atmosphere at Brooksby Melton College is key to her enjoyment of her job, and means she can be flexible and adapt every one of her sessions to boost each and every student’s progression and happiness during their time here.

Melissa Andrews

Position: HND in Equine Performance Management Programme Leader


Tel: 01664 855 417

Melissa holds a BSc (Hons) in Equine Sports Science. Melissa also holds a range of BHS qualifications and has a passion for all aspects of equestrianism.