This is a roll-on roll-off programme for four-to-14-year-olds to help them 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 Sally Foskett (Sally.Foskett@derby-college.ac.uk) 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.
There are no entry requirements.
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 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.
Derby College student Emma Whay has ridden since childhood but never imagined she’d be starting a foundation degree in equine studies in her thirties.
Although always passionate about horses, Emma, now 34, trained as a hairdresser immediately after leaving school at 15 and hadn’t planned on an academic career.
Years later though, she started to see learning through her two children’s eyes, and, as they got older, felt she’d missed a chunk of her education by leaving school so young.
And the opportunity to put that right came when she started going to watch her elder son compete in equestrian events at Broomfield Hall.
She said: “It was through going to Broomfield with him that I saw how lovely the equine facilities were and how well run everything was. So, I decided to contact Derby College about equine courses but was concerned that not being able to commit to five days a week on site, and not having had an academic education, might limit my options. I needn’t have worried though. The staff were so supportive and some of my studying can be flexible.”
Because of her life experience and lifelong knowledge of horses, it was agreed Emma didn’t need to attend campus every day – giving her chance to continue her hairdressing business (when pandemic rules allow) and be there for her two boys, aged seven and 11.
She added: “We’ve been learning remotely because of lockdown but the tutors have still made learning interesting and we still feel supported. College is also supporting me to complete my maths GCSE. When we’re able to do so, we spend as much time as possible at Broomfield, which I love.”
Emma, who is considering a career in tutoring, horse nutrition or equine physio once she’s got her top-up degree, has her own horse, 19-year-old Venus.
Emma added: “I’ve taken Venus into Broomfield a few times, which is brilliant. There are not many courses where you can take your horse to college! Venus is on a livery yard not far from my home and I’m able to gain work experience with the yard owner, who supports my ongoing education.”
It was through going to Broomfield with him that I saw how lovely the equine facilities were and how well run everything was. So, I decided to contact Derby College about equine courses but was concerned that not being able to commit to five days a week on site, and not having had an academic education, might limit my options. I needn’t have worried though. The staff were so supportive and some of my studying can be flexible.