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Haddon Training is one of the UK’s leading equine apprenticeship providers and we have appointed Marianne Fletcher as our new Chief Operating Officer.
A part of Wales’ leading education and training provider, Educ8 Training, we offer apprenticeships in equine, animal care and business. We are the leading skills trainer in the equestrian sector, working with a wide array of employers from riding and livery stables, equestrian centres, breeding and stud yards.
Marianne holds a wealth of experience in both training provision, having worked in the industry for 20 years, and as a British Dressage competitor and experienced yard owner, earning a number of national dressage titles.


Speaking of her new appointment as COO, Marianne said: “Understanding the industries that we work with so closely is crucial to Haddon Training. As Chief Operating Officer not only am I truly passionate about learning and the development of people, but I am also incredibly passionate about horses, and indeed all animals. To be able to live and breathe this in my daily work is perfect.

I am looking forward to working with our employers and affiliated partners to create some very exciting and unique pathways for our learners in the future, as well as developing a learning culture for the equine industry which is market leading.”

The appointment of Marianne marks a significant development for Haddon Training, which since becoming a part of the Educ8 Group, we have seen increased resources and investment to expand and grow further than ever before.

Haddon Training, situated in Hungerford, traces its roots back to Haddon Stud established in 1991 where founder and managing director Chris Hewlett bred racing and competition horses. Haddon Training began in 1997 and now employs over 50 people, winning awards as a top apprentice provider for three years running and reaching the finals of the Times Education Supplement Awards for the past two years.

Founded in 2004, Educ8 now employs over 200 staff to deliver quality apprenticeships and training in the workplace to ensure employers, learners, and staff reach their full potential.

In an exceptional period of growth, the company recently became employee-owned, with staff collectively owning the majority shareholding, and completed its fourth acquisition.

Marianne continued: “Apprenticeships are the way forward for any career choice. The new equine apprenticeship standards provide the breadth of knowledge and insight necessary to support participants’ future careers, as they not only tackle the practical element of horsemanship but also the underlying governance and people skills needed.

“The opportunity to be able to broaden your own skills and knowledge whilst continuing to work in an industry you are so passionate about is invaluable.”


To learn more about Haddon Training, contact us here.

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