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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 12

Hours: 1.00

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

Days / Times: Wednesday 18:00 to 19:00

Tuition (£): 210.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

The Improve Your Riding courses are designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and ability to ride.

There are three different levels, which you can access depending on your previous experience, confidence and ability. The new starter level is designed for riders who can confidently walk, trot and canter.

This is a fun course, tailor-made round the participants, which is designed to build rider balance and increase riding skills.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be at least 14 years of age and will 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 right for you. Tel: 07970 726830.

We do not accept beginner riders, but can recommend approved centres where you could start riding.

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

We work on improving the balance technique and competence of the rider. This will involve riding without stirrups to enhance balance and co-ordination. Towards the end of the course, we introduce work in the light seat over poles and jump small fences.

We have a great range of horses at the College but, as their welfare is paramount, you will only be mounted on horses which suit your height and weight.

This could narrow down the selection of horses we can offer you.

How will I be assessed?

There is no formal assessment, although you will receive verbal feedback during and at the end of each lesson and will be set targets for improvement.

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.

Derby College also offers courses in 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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Gabrielle Madders

Gabrielle Madders

Dissertation in equine assisted learning achieves publication

Research by a talented Derby College Higher Education student could influence the way equine assisted learning is used to benefit adolescents with complex educational needs.  
 
Part of Gabrielle Madders’ dissertation found that usually non-verbal individuals began to communicate with their peers through their interactions with horses.  
 
The study was so academically valuable that it has appeared in the highly respected Advanced Journal of Undergraduate Research.  
 
Gabrielle, 24, came to DCG to study for her Equine Science Management and Training degree top up year, with a view to becoming a lecturer. She examined whether young people aged 16-23, with a range of conditions on the autistic spectrum, engaged better following interactive sessions, which saw horses being used as a learning intervention tool.  
 
While Gabrielle found no significant overall improvement, she did find that specific activities such as leading exercises and physical contact with the horses did have a positive impact. It's hoped that these findings will pave the way for future research on the topic.  
 
Lecturer Ruth Orrell-Stokes, a former DCG student herself, recognised the value of the study and supported Gabrielle in getting it published.  
 
Gabrielle, who grew up on a farm and has always, loved horses, said: “Achieving a first is something I am extremely proud of. I never thought at the start of the year that this academic success was possible, but through my time at Derby College I really learnt to have confidence in my ability, which I believe has allowed me to excel. I will be forever grateful for all the time they gave me, which has allowed me to take my next steps towards my career with confidence and drive”.  
 
Currently enjoying her job as a welfare helpline co-ordinator with the British Horse Society, Gabrielle intends to take a Masters next year and still plans to become a lecturer at some stage.

My lecturers were always supportive and they really pushed me to be the best that I could be.

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