The Improve Your Riding courses are designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and ability to ride.
There are three different levels, which you can access depending on your previous experience, confidence and ability. The new starter level is designed for riders who can confidently walk, trot and canter.
This is a fun course, tailor-made round the participants, which is designed to build rider balance and increase riding skills.
Candidates must be at least 14 years of age and will 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 right for you. Tel: 07970 726830.
We do not accept beginner riders, but can recommend approved centres where you could start riding.
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.
We work on improving the balance technique and competence of the rider. This will involve riding without stirrups to enhance balance and co-ordination. Towards the end of the course, we introduce work in the light seat over poles and jump small fences.
We have a great range of horses at the College but, as their 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 is 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:
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.
Derby College also offers courses in a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Dressage coach and trainer Georgia Brereton knew she was always going to work with horses one day.
Now 23, she has been riding since the age of four and after leaving school, she enrolled at Derby College to train for a career in the equine industry.
After completing a level 3 diploma in Equine Management in 2015, Georgia progressed onto the degree programme in Equine Science, Management and Training at Broomfield Hall.
As well as gaining these qualifications, Georgia also learned about dressage which has been invaluable with her career choice.
Georgia is now a UKCC Accredited British Dressage Coach. She holds British Equestrian Federation coaching qualifications to level 2, and she will be starting her level 3 course next year.
As part of her job, she travels to stables around Derbyshire, teaching dressage to riders aged between 15 and 50 as well as riding horses for her clients.
Georgia said: "I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great. They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content."
“One of the best things about the equine courses is the variety and the flexibility to learn within each module. I enjoyed all the modules but especially liked anatomy and physiology which were fascinating.”
Working with horses means Georgia’s day begins at 6.30am and doesn’t finish until early evening, but, she says, it’s worth it.
She added; “I get to ride so many different horses as well as my own lovely seven-year-old pony, Heaven. We started competing together in dressage events in the summer and he’s doing really well.”
I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great. They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content.