The Improve Your Riding courses are designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. There are three different levels which you can access depending on your previous experience, confidence and ability.
This course is at the Advanced Level, designed for confident, accomplished riders with several years of regular riding experience.
You must be 14 years of age or over. Please ring Stephanie Meadows, Centre Manager, to have a chat prior to the course to ensure that it is the right choice for you. Tel : 07970 726830.
In order for us 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.
The course will alternate between flatwork schooling and jumping. The focus is to support the horses and improve their way of going. Participants will work through the scales of training in order to achieve this both on the flat and over fences.
In order to achieve this, participants will have the opportunity to ride a wide range of horses, some of which may be inexperienced or may have developed bad habits.
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.
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 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.
Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening. Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22. Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous. She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse. Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful. Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard.
It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness. Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2. Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college. Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.
The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.