Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember.
Involve me, and I’ll understand.

Does the School of Excellence offer distance learning courses?

Unfortunately, we don't offer distance learning as the course content has a very strong practical bias, and we feel that a "hands on" approach is best. Theory taught here at the school is practiced on the farm daily. 

What is the qualification offered by the School, and is it an accredited course?

The course offers Certificates in Stud Management, Equine Reproduction and Sales Preparation, which are accredited through CEEPSA (Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals South Africa) and CATHSSETA (Cultural, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority) accreditation is in the process of being finalised.

What is the minimum entry requirement?

Applicants must be literate in English to a minimum level of Grade 12 or equivalent, basic horse handling and knowledge will be an advantage, and candidates must be over 18 years old.

What about employment within the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry?

The course is run on a full time basis, with lectures, practicals, assessments and field trips during the week days. Work may be available on the stud during the "internship" or project phase, October to December.  This will be on application and is not guaranteed.  Candidates will be assessed, selected and awarded internships accordingly.

Job placement is not simply guaranteed, and this will depend on the individual candidate and the results attained. Summerhill is well-placed both locally and internationally to provide the necessary introductions, and internship programmes, but graduation of the course does not automatically qualify a person for job placement.

We award a number of international scholarships to successful, qualifying graduates each year (funding dependent), which is a wonderful way to get to know the industry and travel internationally.

What careers can be pursued within the Thoroughbred Industry?

  • Breeding and Stud Management
  • Sales Preparation
  • Pre-training