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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 8

Hours: 2.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Tuesday 18:30 to 20:30

Tuition (£): 160.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

Whether you are thinking of starting your BHS exams, or just want to deepen your equestrian knowledge, this course will help you. We cover practical and theoretical stable management and ride through the Stage 1 syllabus. This can be found online at https://pathways.bhs.org.uk/media/1229/stage-1-care-qualification-structure.pdf

Entry requirements

Candidates must be at least 14 years of age and need to be able to walk, trot, canter and be independent from the rein i.e. happy to ride with a light rein contact so that they do not balance their body weight on the horse's mouth. Please ring Stephanie Meadows, Centre Manager, to have a chat prior to the course to ensure that it is the right option for you. Tel: 07970 726830.

We do not accept any beginner riders.

In order to ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone. All riders will be weighed prior to the start of the course.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Putting on and adjusting saddles, bridles and boots - as well as being able to clean tack
  • Knowing how to lead a horse safely in a variety of environments and identify regular field checks
  • Having an awareness for the after-work care of a horse and the different rugs they may need
  • Having some understanding of horse behaviour and health and being able to recognise any abnormalities
  • Correct mounting and dismounting procedure
  • Riding through correct school movements in walk, trot and canter
  • Riding without stirrups and going over poles on the ground in the forward seat

How will I be assessed?

There will be no formal assessment, although you will receive verbal feedback during and at the end of each lesson and will be set targets for improvement. At the end of the course, you will do a mock Stage 1 riding exam.

Please note that it is not possible for you to sit your BHS Stage 1 exam at Derby College, although we will provide guidance about local exam centres if required.

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding hat, with a tight chin strap
  • Riding gloves
  • Specific riding footwear, not Dubarry style country boots
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard body protector for pole work and jumping

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine studies – please see the Derby College Equestrian website www.derby-college.ac.uk/equestrian-centre.

We also offer courses covering a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

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Georgia Brereton

Georgia Brereton

Broomfield Equine HE programme Leads To Dressage Coaching Career

Dressage coach and trainer Georgia Brereton knew she was always going to work with horses one day.
 
Now 23, she has been riding since the age of four and after leaving school, she enrolled at Derby College to train for a career in the equine industry.
 
After completing a level 3 diploma in Equine Management in 2015, Georgia progressed onto the degree programme in Equine Science, Management and Training at Broomfield Hall.
 
As well as gaining these qualifications, Georgia also learned about dressage which has been invaluable with her career choice.
 
Georgia is now a UKCC Accredited British Dressage Coach. She holds British Equestrian Federation coaching qualifications to level 2, and she will be starting her level 3 course next year.
 
As part of her job, she travels to stables around Derbyshire, teaching dressage to riders aged between 15 and 50 as well as riding horses for her clients.
 
Georgia said: "I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content."
 
“One of the best things about the equine courses is the variety and the flexibility to learn within each module. I enjoyed all the modules but especially liked anatomy and physiology which were fascinating.”
 
Working with horses means Georgia’s day begins at 6.30am and doesn’t finish until early evening, but, she says, it’s worth it.
 
She added; “I get to ride so many different horses as well as my own lovely seven-year-old pony, Heaven. We started competing together in dressage events in the summer and he’s doing really well.”
 
 

I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content.

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