This is a full-day course which gives a child the opportunity to experience the joys and responsibilities of owning a pony.
The day will comprise:
- Stable tasks
- Two riding sessions
- A Pony Care lesson
- A tack and turnout show
Please disregard the date shown on the 'Book Now' page as there are various dates available. So, prior to enrolling, please email Nicola Lambert (email@example.com) who will be able to give you more information about the programme and help you book. Make sure you leave a contact phone number!
There are no entry requirements.
During the day you will improve your practical stable management and riding ability. You will become a pony’s owner for the day and will be in charge of his/her care.
This will involve fetching him/her in from the field or mucking out, grooming, tack cleaning, skipping out and field management.
You will also be able to participate in a stable management lesson where you will learn further aspects of pony care.
In addition, you will enjoy two riding sessions which will combine riding tuition at the appropriate level and some fun and games. In the afternoon session, you will have the chance to take part in a tack and turnout show and you may well come home with a rosette!
There are no formal assessments on this course.
Ideally, you will need your own riding equipment. This should include an up-to-standard riding hat, riding gloves and suitable riding boots. You can also wear a body protector – this becomes mandatory when/if you are likely to do pole work and jumping.
Advice can be given on this when you email Nicola prior to enrolling and we do have a small amount of equipment which you may borrow.
We run children's Improve your Riding courses and at 14 years old you can take pathways onto our Adult Riding courses.
As a horse-loving teenager, Eloise Dobrzynski found her vocation thanks to the talent-spotting skills of one her Derby College lecturers. Eloise, now aged 23, “loved every minute” of her National Horse Diploma course at Broomfield Hall but was anxious about what came next.
She runs her coaching business, often instructing nervous riders, and works for an agency which provides grooms for privately owned yards. Eloise’s family have always owned horses and when she left school she wanted to work in the equine field in some capacity.
She went to an event at Pride Park and saw Derby College’s stand. She was attracted by its horse display and was impressed by the course. The two year Diploma improved her riding, taught her about business, insurance, equine science and gave her the confidence that she “knew what she talking about.”
She also successfully took her BHS (British Horse Society) exams, stages 1and 2, which are all about riding and care and which were paid for by the college. After college she worked at various yards and self-funded her BHSAI (instructors’) exam before branching out on her own. But it was a college module, where students taught each other, which sowed the seeds of her career. For more on Eloise’s business go to her Facebook page, Kalies Coaching.
It came from an off the cuff comment by Stephanie Meadows, one of the tutors. We were doing a module where we were teaching each other and she said 'you should really think about getting more into instructing, because you've got a talent for it.' "Up until then, at 16 and 17, my mind was all over the place and I was a bit scared about leaving college – it was that which really focussed my mind. College gave me a good level of confidence – when I walked away, I felt I knew what I was talking about. "Now I want to keep going with my qualifications and carry on with what I'm doing. I love it.