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.
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.