This is a ½ day course which gives a child the opportunity to experience the joys and responsibilities of owning a pony.
The ½ day will comprise:
- Stable tasks
- Riding and games
- A Pony Care lesson
Please disregard the date shown on the 'Book Now' page as there are various dates available. So prior to enrolling, please email Nicola Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be able to give you more information about the morning and help you book. Make sure you leave a contact phone number!
There are no entry requirements.
During the morning you will improve your practical stable management and riding ability.
You will become a pony’s owner for the morning and will be in charge of his/her care. This will involve fetching him/her in from the field or mucking out, grooming, tack cleaning, skipping out and field management.
You will also be able to participate in a stable management lesson where you will learn further aspects of pony care. In addition, you will enjoy a riding session which will combine riding tuition at the appropriate level and some fun and games. You may come home with a rosette!
There are no formal assessments on this course.
Ideally, you will need your own riding equipment. This should be an up-to-standard riding hat, riding gloves and suitable riding boots. You can also wear a body protector – this becomes mandatory when/if you are likely to do pole work and jumping. Advice can be given on this when you email Nicola prior to enrolling and we do have a small amount of equipment which you may borrow.
We run children's Improve your Riding courses and at 14 years old we offer pathways onto our Adult Riding courses.
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.