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NZ Equine Academy

We provide the pathway - you provide the passion

Fees-free study that sets students up to succeed.

The NZ Equine Academy was developed with Skill New Zealand to create a clear and recognised pathway into the thoroughbred industry.

Led by championship winning jockey Donavan Mansour, the NZQA-endorsed Level 2 and 3 courses are designed to teach students essential skills and knowledge so they are set up to embark on a successful and rewarding career with confidence. 

With onsite accommodation available, professional guest speakers, work placements and trips to some of the best operations in the country, the NZ Equine Academy is the obvious choice for young people passionate about building their career with thoroughbreds.

The NZ Equine Academy operates out of Byerley Park and in 2023, opened a satellite campus in Cambridge.

Jockey Academy

Byerley Park is also home to the Apprentice Jockey Academy where young talent can be nurtured so riders become valued members of the New Zealand riding ranks. With attention to detail and a wholistic approach that teaches not only riding but nutrition, fitness, sports psychology and working with the media, jockeys are given every opportunity to be at the top of their game on raceday. The proof is at the winning post.


Contact Donavan Mansour

E:  or  P: 021 078 8355