This is a weekend course covering the content of the Ride Safe assessment. A Ride Safe assessment at Derby College Equine Centre is bookable through the BHS on confirmation of your booking on this training course.
The two-day training will take you through both the theoretical and practical content of the course, with some additional study required to ensure you are confident in all theory knowledge.
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.
Riders must be balanced on a horse in walk and trot and should be able to safely control a quiet horse while riding in a small group in an arena and on the road.
Theory - discussion of highway code and safe methods when riding on the road and in the open. This is assessed by means of informal discussion with your assessor and signing off your Ride Safe book.
Ridden: Simulated Route - in the arena, we will cover basic road positioning, signalling, and correct, safe systems to navigate a range of junctions and simulated hazards.
Ridden: Road Route - we use the safe, closed lanes around the Broomfield Hall campus to practise and assess your ability to ride safely on the road.
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.
The assessment is bookable and paid directly to the BHS on confirmation of your booking on this training course. Details will be forwarded to you once the training is booked. We are running a closed assessment, meaning that only course participants will be eligible for this assessment.
You will be required to supply your own:
If you prefer, you can ride in a correctly fitted and up-to-current-safety-standard body protector. No jewellery is permitted.
You should bring refreshments for the training days. There is no catering available on site, although we do have hot water for making hot drinks.
The Ride Safe qualification forms part of the BHS Stage 1 qualification and is a pre-requisite for the BHS Stage 2.
Derby College 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). Derby College also offers courses in a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College website or Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Former horse management student Ruth Orrell-Stokes returned as a lecturer to Derby College Broomfield Hall because she knew it was a "nurturing and driven" campus. She said she never walked away from a lesson "without learning something new" and "an amazing" team had supported her.
Ruth found a three month work placement with horses in California between the first and second years of her Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. That meant taking some time out, but Ruth and her lecturers found a way to minimise the disruption. Having successfully completed the National Diploma, Ruth went into higher education elsewhere, gaining a range of qualifications including a Higher National Diploma, and a BSC in Equine Performance Management.
She was awarded a Federation of Animal Welfare award for her final year dissertation. While studying, staff spotted that she had a talent for teaching and she went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After a part-time teaching job and agency work, Ruth applied and returned to Derby College, Broomfield, lecturing on maternity cover.
She has now been appointed to the staff full-time in the post which one of her former lecturers – who has gone into higher education – used to hold.
I love it. The reason I came back is because I knew that when I was a student here, it was a nurturing and driven college that really pushed me.
It was an amazing team that supported me.
While I was here I was always stretched and challenged.
I'd come from a jumping background and it was Jon, my line manager now, who taught me for jumping.
There was never a lesson I walked away from that I hadn't learnt something new, from really delicate techniques to things which were out of the box. That was true across the board.
Despite having a lot of previous experience the level 3 course was really challenging but it opened up my eyes to opportunities in the industry.