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.
Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new.
Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses. An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol.
Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students.
Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor.
She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications. She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom.
Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom.
The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.
You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.
It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.