Telephone: 0161 624 2849



Croft End work in conjunction with Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire to deliver Level 3 in Horse Management and Level 2 in Horse Care at Croft End.

Why study at Croft End:

  • - Our alliance with Reaseheath provides local young people with the opportunity to train for a recognised qualification
  • - Study and train at a successful commercial yard, interact with a wide variety of clients who visit the Centre
  • - Practical instruction working on the yard to complement what you learn in the classroom
  • - Live at home
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

    Length: 1 year course giving 60 credits
    Entry Requirements: 4 GCSE's at D/ E grades
    Mode of study: Full time at Croft End
    Progression: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Croft End or Reaseheath. Enter into industry.

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Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management

Length: 1 year course giving 60 credits
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSE's at C and above in Maths, English, Science plus one other or Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care at Merit/ Distinction grade
Mode of study: Full time at Croft End
Progression: Level 3 Diploma at Croft End or Reaseheath. Enter into industry.

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Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management

Length: 1 year course giving 120 credits in total
Entry Requirements: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Horse Management at Merit/ Distinction grade
Mode of study: Full time at Croft End
Progression: Higher Education at Reaseheath. Enter into industry.

Progression from Croft End on to Foundation Degree in Equine Science and Management - more info or the Foundation Degree in Equine Science, Complimentary Therapies and Natural Horsemanship

Why choose to be a student at Croft End

Highly Accredited centre:

  • - Highly commended: BHS
  • - Special award: BHS Certificate for Outstanding High Performance 
  • - BHS Approved Training Centre
  • - BHS Approved Riding Centre
  • - ABRS Approved Riding Centre


  • - BHS Training Centre Inspector observed some of the training sessions run by our qualified trainers here at Croft End
  • Conclusion? That CE was 'definitely one of the best private Equestrian Centres in the country. Exemplary standards of horse care and staff care'. No need to look any further for your training - join a highly accredited and commended BHS yard and train with our expert staff. Call the office for a chat or come down on a Sunday afternoon between 2 - 4pm and see our facilities for yourself.

Here's what other proffesionals have to say about us

BHS Chief Assessor:

  • I have worked with Croft End for many years now. I have always been very impressed with the standards they keep. Horses are happy, well cared for and live healthy working lives. The staff are friendly, well trained and up to date and always valued. I can only commend Croft End highly. Sue Pimbley, BHSI, BHS Chief Assessor, UKCCL3


Rob Lovatt FBHS:

  • Recent Approved Training Centre Inspection

Inspector comments:

  • " Every aspect of the yard is run to a very high standard".
  • " All the horses and ponies on the yard are in excellent condition and all look very well cared for".
  • " A very positive and interactive lesson".
  • " I feel this is one of the best riding establishments in the country”. 

Andrew Hamilton:

  • As a BHS Accredited Coach I visit Croft End on a monthly basis. I consider Croft End to be a professionally run yard with a friendly atmosphere. Staff and students are always enthusiastic and take pride in their centre. It has excellent facilities with superb surfaces in both indoor and outdoor arenas making it ideal for teaching jumping lessons to all abilities.

    Andrew Hamilton: Scottish National showjumper, BSJA accredited Trainer, National Coaching & Training Centre of Ireland, EFI accredited, Tutor Scottish Equestrian Association accredited Coach Trainer of International Event Riders

Gavin Harris, Farrier:

  • I have been the farrier at Croft End since the start. It is a busy yard and very well organised. The 60+ horses are always brought to me in an immaculate condition, with hoof care being of paramount importance to the staff. It's a pleasure to keep these horses sound and in work at this marvellous centre.

    Gavin Harris, Farrier, Dip WLF

Gillivervet Ltd:

  • This equine veterinary practice has provided veterinary care and attention since the conception of Croft End. The horses and ponies at Croft End are very happy and content in their work. All of our veterinary surgeons are happy to attend such a well run yard and find the staff very helpful. Horses and ponies that have been loaned/sold to Croft End are treated exceptionally well and I have no hesitation in recommending this establishment.

    John C Gilliver BVSc MRCVS Practice Principal Gillivervet Ltd

Peter Farrelly - Where To Train Inspector:

Definitely one of the best private Equestrian Centres in the Country. Exemplary standards of horse care and staff care.




Exciting New Education Opportunities

I’d like to introduce myself as Course Manager at Croft End Equestrian Centre in Oldham. We have worked in conjunction with Reaseheath College to deliver Level 2 and Level 3 Courses in Horse Care/ Horse Management for school leavers, since 2009. This year we are expanding our provision of services to include programmes for:

• Apprenticeships
• KS4
• Home Educated Pupils

We will be holding a Careers Event and Taster Days at Croft End, Knott Lanes, Bardsley, Oldham OL8 3JD in the near future and would like to reach out to as many schools, careers advisors, parents as possible. 

Please take a moment to have a look at our website and that of Reaseheath College It would be great to hear from parents/staff that would be interested in finding out more about what we have to offer young people, at Croft End. We also have an informal ‘drop in session’ every Sunday between 2pm and 4pm – so any interested pupils can come along with their friends and family, meet the staff, view the facilities and of course meet the 65 horses that we have on site.

I am based at Croft End full time, so please feel free to give me a call to discuss any aspects of our provision and to add your name and that of any colleagues to our Careers Event invite list, there will be Coffee and Cakes!

Kind regards

0161 624 2849

Our Courses are delivered by:

Reasheath Course Manager and Equine Lecturer Lisa Sharp - BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Management / PGCE/ NVQ Assessor/ Internal Verifier / BHS Accredited Professional Coach/ BHS Ride Safe Trainer. Lisa is an experienced rider and competes with her home produced Barontop Sheena and Walwen Toy Soilder. 

Reaseheath Equine Lecturer Danielle Haughton - BHSAI, BHS Accredited professional coach, BHS Stage 4 riding