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.
A former Derby College student is now supervisor at the horse yard where she first honed her equine management skills. Lauren Morley, 26, attended Broomfield College as a teenager and now also lecturers a new generation of students. Lauren now hopes to use her skills in the future to set up her own show jumping yard. Her career is underpinned by her two year BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management (level 3).
"The course gave me a good understanding of yard management and equine health and there was always support available if you needed it. It was also very practical, which I liked."