This is a weekend course covering the content of the Ride Safe assessment. A Ride Safe assessment at Derby College Equine Centre is bookable through the BHS on confirmation of your booking on this training course.
The two-day training will take you through both the theoretical and practical content of the course, with some additional study required to ensure you are confident in all theory knowledge.
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 in their riding attire prior to the start of the course.
Riders must be balanced on a horse in walk and trot and should be able to safely control a quiet horse while riding in a small group in an arena and on the road.
Theory - discussion of highway code and safe methods when riding on the road and in the open. This is assessed by means of informal discussion with your assessor and signing off your Ride Safe book.
Ridden: Simulated Route - in the arena, we will cover basic road positioning, signalling, and correct, safe systems to navigate a range of junctions and simulated hazards.
Ridden: Road Route - we use the safe, closed lanes around the Broomfield Hall campus to practise and assess your ability to ride safely on the road.
We have a great range of horses at College but, as 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.
The assessment is bookable and paid directly to the BHS on confirmation of your booking on this training course. Details will be forwarded to you once the training is booked. We are running a closed assessment, meaning that only course participants will be eligible for this assessment.
You will be required to supply your own:
If you prefer, you can ride in a correctly fitted and up-to-current-safety-standard body protector. No jewellery is permitted.
You should bring refreshments for the training days. There is no catering available on site, although we do have hot water for making hot drinks.
The Ride Safe qualification forms part of the BHS Stage 1 qualification and is a pre-requisite for the BHS Stage 2.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – 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 website or 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.