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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 10

Hours: 2.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Tuesday 18:30 to 20:30

Tuition (£): 200.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

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”.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Routine practices on a stable yard, your role, responsibilities and reporting lines
  • Caring for horses on a day-to-day basis, recognising and assessing normal and abnormal behaviour and understanding when veterinary intervention may be required
  • Fitting standard tack and travel equipment
  • Preparing horses for presentation
  • Feeding and understanding fitness, including the factors that will affect the amount of feed a horse will receive
  • Understanding basic anatomy, location of key organs and the function of the digestive system
  • Riding a horse on the flat and over fences
  • Lunging

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding hat, with a tight chin strap
  • Riding gloves
  • Specific riding footwear, not Dubarry style country boots 
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard body protector for pole work and jumping.

What can I do after this course?

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.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

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Eloise Dobrzynski

Eloise Dobrzynski

Horse-loving Eloise rides high after “off the cuff” tutor inspiration

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.

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