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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 8

Hours: 2.00

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

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

Tuition (£): 160.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

Whether you are thinking of starting your BHS exams, or just want to deepen your equestrian knowledge, this course will help you. We cover practical and theoretical stable management and ride through the Stage 1 syllabus. This can be found online at https://pathways.bhs.org.uk/media/1229/stage-1-care-qualification-structure.pdf

Entry requirements

Candidates must be at least 14 years of age and need to be able to walk, trot, canter and be independent from the rein i.e. happy to ride with a light rein contact so that they do not balance their body weight on the horse's mouth. Please ring Stephanie Meadows, Centre Manager, to have a chat prior to the course to ensure that it is the right option for you. Tel: 07970 726830.

We do not accept any beginner riders.

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:

  • Putting on and adjusting saddles, bridles and boots - as well as being able to clean tack
  • Knowing how to lead a horse safely in a variety of environments and identify regular field checks
  • Having an awareness for the after-work care of a horse and the different rugs they may need
  • Having some understanding of horse behaviour and health and being able to recognise any abnormalities
  • Correct mounting and dismounting procedure
  • Riding through correct school movements in walk, trot and canter
  • Riding without stirrups and going over poles on the ground in the forward seat

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 1 riding exam.

Please note that it is not possible for you to sit your BHS Stage 1 exam at Derby College, although we will provide 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 covering 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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Lauren Morley

Lauren Morley

Derby College jumpstarts Lauren’s equine career

A former Derby College student is now supervisor at the horse yard where she first honed her equine management skills. Lauren Morley, 26, attended Broomfield College as a teenager and now also lecturers a new generation of students. Lauren now hopes to use her skills in the future to set up her own show jumping yard. Her career is underpinned by her two year BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management (level 3).

"The course gave me a good understanding of yard management and equine health and there was always support available if you needed it. It was also very practical, which I liked."

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