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.
Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new. Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses.
An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol. Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She was so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students. Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor. She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications.
She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom. Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom. The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.
You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.
It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.