Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL) has been named educational partner of Master Rider Education, a new international, three-year training programme for talented show jumping and dressage riders. The prestigious programme is an initiative of Andreas Helgstrand and Ludger Beerbaum, both well-known Olympic riders and successful entrepreneurs in the equestrian sector. Van Hall Larenstein in Velp will provide the theoretical portion of the study programme.
“Our unique Equine, Sports and Business study programme has been attracting students from across the globe for 25 years. They have excellent career perspectives and find jobs all over the world. The fact that we are now going to deploy our expertise for the Master Rider Education is a wonderful recognition for our university of applied sciences and for our equestrian programme’s team of lecturers”, says Ruth van der Beek, Education Director in Velp.
VHL will provide a substantial portion of the theory in the programme. Experienced lecturers from the Equine, Sports and Business Bachelor will be giving online lectures. The curriculum is focused on what is key to riders in dressage and show jumping: top performance through proper training, health, nutrition and breeding programmes. Students can also put the knowledge acquired from business courses directly into practice.
Andreas Helgstrand heads Helgstrand Dressage and Global Equestrian Group in Denmark. He is looking forward to the collaboration, also because he has had good experiences with students from VHL. “With their level of motivation and knowledge, VHL students have already contributed a lot to our company, both in the stables and in the office”, he says. His partner Ludger Beerbaum emphasises how important it is for the sector that Van Hall Larenstein provides scientific knowledge to riders.