Improve Your Riding is designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. This course is tailor-made to suit the needs of participants and we find that most riders enrol from one course to another, using this as the equivalent of a weekly riding lesson.
Learners must be at least 14 years of age. You will be able to walk, trot and canter confidently. You should also be able to ride comfortably without stirrups.
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.
Riders learn how to correctly exercise a horse in walk, trot and canter, assessing and improving its way of going. You will also jump small fences and work over grid. There is a lot of focus on the riding position and rider balance.
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.
You will be required to supply your own:
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – please see the Derby College Equestrian website www.derby-college.co.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.
Knowledge gained whilst studying at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall is “100%” helping retailer Mitch Gent to grow his Nottinghamshire-based equine products business.
Mitch, who is 23 and from Pinxton, started the company, Manor Equestrian, with two friends while studying for his Level 3 qualification in Equine Management at Broomfield Hall.
A rider since his early teens, he enrolled on the Level 2 Horse Care course straight from school, then progressed to Level 3.
While still at college, Mitch started selling equine products on a local market stall. With his business partners, he then went on to establish Manor Equestrian. Trading online and from an outlet near Eastwood, the business sells everything from tack and grooming products to riding hats and competition wear. It also has trade stands at county shows around the country and at big international equestrian events such as Burghley Horse Trials.
Mitch said he loved studying at Broomfield Hall college, where he got the chance to ride every day and received coaching from top professional riders. One of the highlights of his Level 3 course was a jumps clinic run by international show jumping coach Denis Flannelly.
The knowledge I gained while on my courses at Broomfield Hall, has helped me, 100%. I’m often asked for horse care advice by customers and I’m able to help them, thanks to what I learned at Derby College. We find that people really value good advice.