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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks:

Hours: 1.00

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

Days / Times: Thursday 19:30 to 20:30

Tuition (£): 210.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

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 around participants and we find that most riders enrol from one course to another, using it as the equivalent of a weekly riding lesson.

Entry requirements

Students must be at least 14 years of age. You should be able to walk, trot and canter confidently. You should also be able to ride comfortably without stirrups. 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

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

Riders learn how to correctly exercise a horse in walk, trot and canter, assessing and improving its way of going and its way of going around the arena.  You will also jump small fences and work over grid. There is a lot of focus on the riding position and rider balance.

We have a great range of horses at the College. However, 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 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.

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 in a wide variety 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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Eloise Dobrzynski

Eloise Dobrzynski

Horse-loving Eloise rides high after “off the cuff” tutor inspiration

As a horse-loving teenager, Eloise Dobrzynski found her vocation thanks to the talent-spotting skills of one her Derby College lecturers. Eloise, now aged 23, “loved every minute” of her National Horse Diploma course at Broomfield Hall but was anxious about what came next.

She runs her coaching business, often instructing nervous riders, and works for an agency which provides grooms for privately owned yards. Eloise’s family have always owned horses and when she left school she wanted to work in the equine field in some capacity.

She went to an event at Pride Park and saw Derby College’s stand. She was attracted by its horse display and was impressed by the course. The two year Diploma improved her riding, taught her about business, insurance, equine science and gave her the confidence that she “knew what she talking about.”

She also successfully took her BHS (British Horse Society) exams, stages 1and 2, which are all about riding and care and which were paid for by the college. After college she worked at various yards and self-funded her BHSAI (instructors’) exam before branching out on her own. But it was a college module, where students taught each other, which sowed the seeds of her career. For more on Eloise’s business go to her Facebook page, Kalies Coaching.

It came from an off the cuff comment by Stephanie Meadows, one of the tutors. We were doing a module where we were teaching each other and she said 'you should really think about getting more into instructing, because you've got a talent for it.' "Up until then, at 16 and 17, my mind was all over the place and I was a bit scared about leaving college – it was that which really focussed my mind. College gave me a good level of confidence – when I walked away, I felt I knew what I was talking about. "Now I want to keep going with my qualifications and carry on with what I'm doing. I love it.

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