This is a full-day course which gives a child the opportunity to experience the joys and responsibilities of owning a pony.
The day will comprise:
- Stable tasks
- Two riding sessions
- A Pony Care lesson
- A tack and turnout show
Please disregard the date shown on the 'Book Now' page as there are various dates available. So, prior to enrolling, please email Nicola Lambert (email@example.com) who will be able to give you more information about the programme and help you book. Make sure you leave a contact phone number!
There are no entry requirements.
During the day you will improve your practical stable management and riding ability. You will become a pony’s owner for the day 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 two riding sessions which will combine riding tuition at the appropriate level and some fun and games. In the afternoon session, you will have the chance to take part in a tack and turnout show and you may well come home with a rosette!
There are no formal assessments on this course.
Ideally, you will need your own riding equipment. This should include 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 you can take pathways onto our Adult Riding courses.
Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening.
Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22.
Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous.
She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse.
Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful.
Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard. It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness.
Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2.
Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college.
Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.
The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.