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.
Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening.
Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22.
Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous.
She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse.
Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful.
Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard. It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness.
Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2.
Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college.
Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.
The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.