Improve Your Riding is designed for those who wish to improve their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. This is a four-week bolt-on course which is tailor-made around participants' needs.
Students must be 14 years of age and over. You will be able to walk, trot and confidently canter. You should also be able to ride comfortably without stirrups. Please email Nicola Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
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 learn how to correctly exercise a horse in walk, trot and canter, and to assess and improve its way of going, including around the arena. You will also jump small fences and work over grid. There is a lot of focus on the riding position and rider balance.
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.
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.