This is a roll on roll off programme for adults to develop their riding skills. Lessons are sold in blocks of four: it 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 hr 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 you into a lesson slot. Make sure you leave a contact phone number!
In order to ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone. All riders will be weighed in their riding attire prior to the start of the course.
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.
We have a great range of horses at College, but - as 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:
Please do not wear necklaces and earrings.
Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – please see the Derby College Equestrian website (www.derby-college.ac.uk/equestrian-centre). We also offer a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group website or Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new. Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses.
An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol. Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She was so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students. Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor. She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications.
She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom. Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom. The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.
You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.
It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.