This course acts as a continuation of Stage 1 preparation or as a stand-alone programme for those wanting to improve their technique on the flat and over fences.
We cover practical and theoretical stable management and ride through the Stage 2 syllabus. This can be found at: https://pathways.bhs.org.uk/media/1230/stage-2-care-qualification-structure.pdf.
The riding part of the course encourages more competent horsemanship focusing on an effective seat, riding the horse as an individual and correctly jumping a show-jumping course of fences up to 2ft 6”.
Candidates need to be at least 14 years old and should be able to walk, trot and canter confidently. They should also be comfortable riding without stirrups in walk, trot and canter.
Candidates should also be able to jump a course of fences: maximum height of 2ft 6”. Please ring Stephanie Meadows, Centre Manager, to have a chat prior to the course to ensure that this is the right option for you. Tel: 07970 726830
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 prior to the start of the course.
The course will cover:
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. At the end of the course, you will do a mock Stage 2 riding exam.
Please note that it is not possible for you to sit your BHS stage 2 exam at Derby College, although we will give guidance about local exam centres if required.
You will be required to supply your own:
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine Studies – please see the Derby College Equestrian website: www.derby-college.ac.uk/equestrian-centre.
We also offer courses in a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new.
Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses. An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol.
Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students.
Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor.
She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications. She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom.
Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom.
The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.
You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.
It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.