The Improve Your Riding courses are designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. There are three different levels which you can access depending on your previous experience, confidence and ability.
This course is at the Advanced Level, designed for confident, accomplished riders with several years of regular riding experience.
You must be 14 years of age or over. Please ring Stephanie Meadows, Centre Manager, to have a chat prior to the course to ensure that it is the right choice for you. Tel : 07970 726830.
In order for us 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 alternate between flatwork schooling and jumping. The focus is on supporting the horses and improving their way of going. Participants will work through the scales of training in order to achieve this, both on the flat and over fences.
Participants will have the opportunity to ride a wide range of horses, some of which may be inexperienced or may have developed bad habits.
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 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:
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.
Melissa Shanker had always wanted to work with horses. Riding since she was nine years old, she even took part-time jobs at stables while she was at school. So studying Horse Management – together with various BHS qualifications – at Derby College was the ideal route to her dream career. After leaving College, Melissa always managed to find work with horses.
She is now based at Pool House Equine Clinic in Lichfield where she has become their first-ever trainee veterinary nurse. She assists the vets with daily appointments and emergencies, helps with surgical procedures and is learning about how the laboratory is run.
Taking the course at Broomfield Hall gave me the qualifications I needed to pursue my chosen career as an equine veterinary nurse. It helped me develop
specific horse care knowledge which I wouldn’t have gained just through working at riding stables.