This is a roll-on roll-off programme for 4 to 14-year-olds to develop their riding skills. Lessons are sold in blocks of four. This can be a stand-alone experience or you may want to book further blocks to provide continuous lessons over a longer period of time.
The lessons are taken on an individual basis for ½ hour or on a group basis with riders of a similar level for an hour. All levels of ability are catered for, from complete beginners to advanced riders. All beginners' lessons are on an individual basis.
Prior to enrolling, please email Nicola Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be able to guide you through the process and help you book into a lesson slot. Please remember to include a contact phone number.
During the sessions, you will improve your practical riding ability and experience. Your first lesson will be an initial assessment where individual targets and aims will be set and the following sessions will build on these targets.
It doesn’t matter where your start point is: it could be that you haven’t had any experience at all or you could be looking to build on prior knowledge.
There will be no formal assessment.
Ideally, you will need your own riding equipment. This should be an up-to-standard riding hat, riding gloves and suitable riding boots. When you start polework and jumping, you will need a body protector. Advice can be given on this when you email Nicola prior to enrolling and we do have a small amount of equipment which you may borrow.
Once you reach 14 years old, we can offer you links to our Adult Riding courses.
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.