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 Stephanie Meadows (Stephanie.Meadows@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.
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."