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The equine related industries provide some of the world’s most exciting and fulfilling experiences. Whether in breeding, racing, equestrian or interrelated activities, the opportunities are boundless. High quality skills, experience and a well-rounded education will open doors for graduates of Marcus Oldham’s Diploma of Equine Management.

Internationally recognised by major sectors of the horse industry, the Diploma of Equine Management aims to equip students with the practical husbandry and business skills necessary for a successful career in their chosen area. 
The intensive one-year Diploma of Equine Management is structured equally into three broad areas: practical and horse management skills, equine science and business management.

Developed in close consultation with industry, students are exposed to a diverse range of prominent leaders specialising in riding, training and management techniques, business philosophies, industry views, marketing strategies and administrative practices.

To ensure students have obtained essential horse management skills, all students participate in horse handling and have the option to elect the riding stream.
Marcus Oldham lecturers are supported by a range of specialist guest lectures throughout the course. Equally important is the further opportunity and insight students obtain from outside the College grounds.

An exciting international study tour and an eight-week industry training program are both a feature of the course and allow students to visit and work with prominent industry leaders and enterprises in both Australia and New Zealand.

This Diploma is available to both Australian and International applicants. 

course structure

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This one-year higher education Diploma of Equine Management consists of eight units. Each unit carries equal weighting and all eight units must be successfully completed to be awarded the Diploma.

The eight units are:
  • Human Resource & Information Management
  • Equine Business Systems 1
  • Equine Business Systems 2
  • Equine Science 1
  • Equine Science 2
  • Equine Husbandry & Management
  • Horse Industry Elective
  • Equine Business Management
The Horse Industry Elective Unit requires students to select one of two electives. One of the electives focuses on racing and thoroughbred breeding and the other on equestrian and sport horse training. Both electives have some common learning outcomes.

The Equine Business Management Unit includes a Special Interest Study Contract (SISC) and an eight-week Industry Training program, providing an opportunity for the student to allocate extra focus and gain extra experience in a particular area of interest to them. 

During the eight-week Industry Training, students will be able to gain relevant work experience on prominent horse establishments throughout Australia and New Zealand. Students have the opportunity to work in racing, harness, equestrian stables, race clubs or breed society administration, insurance, horse transport logistics, horse breaking, agistment, veterinary practises, marketing, media and financial institutions. 

In addition to the industry training program there is a three-week Practical Thoroughbred Stud Placement, a component of Equine Science 2 Unit working at a stud to apply and consolidate the theory covered in the classroom. There is an opportunity to complete these placements overseas.

For further details on what each unit covers see Course Units.
Marcus Oldham’s program delivery offers a unique opportunity to gain the most from your study experience. Students are able to stay full time on campus and provision is also made for their horse on campus. 

The collegiate environment provides an opportunity to draw upon the broad network of experiences and contacts to enhance the learning outcomes. The course is delivered using case studies, industry visits, practical demonstrations and experiential learning along with a strong industry related curriculum.

career opportunities

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Graduates of the Equine program at Marcus Oldham are generally well sought after and have enjoyed a great range of employment opportunities.

Graduates have developed careers as handlers, overseers and managers in studs and broodmare farms. The course content at Marcus Oldham provides good theoretical and practical content dealing with whole of farm operations.

Graduates have developed careers as instructors and trainers in racing, equestrian, pre-conditioning, breaking and other operations. Some graduates have successfully started their own businesses in these areas and others have risen to senior positions within established operations. The Diploma of Equine Management provides the understanding of how to run successful equine businesses.

Graduates have developed careers in horse health, marketing, breed society administration, facility design and development and many other horse related industries. Success in these fields has been achieved by successfully utilising business management, horse handling, husbandry and industry knowledge skills learned at Marcus Oldham. Graduates have been successful in gaining high profile positions or starting their own businesses all over Australia and internationally.

Some graduates have gone on to further study elsewhere or taken an opportunity to articulate their qualification into either the Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) or Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) at Marcus Oldham.

comments from graduates:

Henry Dwyer, Equine 2007
2007 Australian Thoroughbred Scholarship winner, Licensed Trainer

“I planned a career in the racing industry and after researching various options decided
the impressive Diploma of Horse Business Management was a logical choice.”


Ian Hart, Equine 2002
Graduate of Excellence 2002, Bendigo Jockey Club

“Marcus opened the door for me for a career in the racing industry. It provided a
much greater understanding of the complexities of the industry. Its business approach
sets it apart from other courses as it focuses squarely on management – it promotes
leadership. Attending Marcus was the first step in achieving a worthwhile career and
was an invaluable experience.”


Emily Butcher, Equine 2000
Shortlisted for 2008 New Zealand Olympic Team

“Marcus Oldham was a fantastic experience for me. One that I feel privileged to have
experienced, and that gave me the knowledge and opportunities that have helped me
to get where I am today. The course not only gave me the practical and life skills
required to be successful, but also the business management skills to run an Equine
business that is helping to support my dream of representing NZ in Eventing.”


Tim Amitrano, Equine 1999
Olympian - Australia

“Riding horses at top level is hard work. Understanding how to manage your finances
and make a business out of it can be even harder. At Marcus Oldham, I developed
strong business skills complemented by sound practical and horse husbandry
knowledge. It was a very intense year of study but just what I needed to help me


Simone Poonawalla, Horse Business Management 1997

"My time at Marcus Oldham was one of the most important years of my life. My family has been involved in thoroughbred breeding in India since 1946, so I suppose my interest and passion for horses was a natural progression. Having said that, traditional lore, where knowledge and techniques are passed through generations is no longer enough. After investigating a range of equine colleges around the world, I chose Marcus Oldham's Horse Business Management course because it offered such an in depth program, both academically and practically. The combination of personal attention and lectures delivered by respected industry leaders not only encouraged personal confidence but also opportunity. I will be forever grateful for my Marcus experience which has allowed me to work and travel the globe."


Alex Matheson, Equine 1995
NZ Dressage Champion

“My year at Marcus Oldham gave me an excellent grounding in a number of academic
subjects and life skills that have helped me with my working career.
The equestrian knowledge and contacts gained during my studies has given me a
marvellous opportunity to excel with my equestrian career.”


Imtiaz Anee, Equine 1995
Olympian – India

“Marcus Oldham gave me a unique opportunity to realise my dreams of competing
at the elite level. I owe much of my success to Marcus Oldham, and will never forget
the amazing start it gave me to my international career.“


Fleur Cushman, Equine 1993
Editor Racing Post Weekender, UK

“I have a superb career working in an industry that I’m fanatical about. This would
not have been possible had I not had a head start with the knowledge gleaned from my
time at Marcus Oldham. This gave me a terrific advantage and one that has allowed
me to get closer to becoming an expert in my field."


Jill Smolenski, Equine 1989
Manager breeding operation New Zealand, caring for approximately 30 mares and preparing their offspring for sales

“Marcus gave me the confidence to take on management positions and I encourage
anybody who has a passion for horses, to go to Marcus Oldham. Attending the
College shaped my future, instilling the confidence and knowledge I required to
achieve my goals.”


Jim Paltridge, Equine 1979
Managing Director, Newmarket, UK office of Melbourne based International Racehorse Transport

“I have probably had a hand in arranging to fly well over 50,000 horses around the
world - to and from most continents. The Marcus course has proven invaluable to me
in many walks of my life, and no doubt will continue to do so.”



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This course is currently available full time on campus only.

Marcus Oldham College maintains a flexible policy in relation to entrance criteria and judges each applicant on their individual merits. Ideally, applicants will: 
  • Be 18 years of age by day one of the academic year – generally the beginning of February
  • Have successfully completed Year 12 – applicants that have not completed Year 12 will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience (mature age applicants accepted on merit)
  • Have a strong desire to pursue a career in the equine industry
Students are required to bring their own horse to College (lease horses available for international students) and paddock agistment will be provided. Other costs such as associated equipment, supplementary feeding, farriery and veterinary costs throughout the duration of the course will be the responsibility of the student.

Students will be required to have basic experience of horse handling and riding for the Equestrian elective. The expectation is for students to readily immerse themselves in the wide range of opportunities available to them at the College.

The criteria for international students requires some additional processes. Please see further details about requirements for international students.


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To apply, complete and sign the following application form, print, sign and post to:

       Student Enquiries
       Marcus Oldham College
       Private Bag 116
       Geelong Mail Centre Vic 3216


scan the completed and signed application form and forward via email to


fax the completed and signed application form to Student Enquiries at Marcus Oldham College on 03 5244 1263 (Australian) or +61 3 5244 1263 (international)

Upon receipt of your application we will contact you to arrange an admission interview. The admission interview is often conducted on campus face to face or elsewhere by arrangement. If it is impractical to arrange a face to face interview, a telephone interview opportunity may be offered.

Successful applicants will be offered a place at the College which must be accepted and the requisite deposit paid before the position is confirmed.

Application Form - Diploma of Equine Management

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