Improve your Riding is designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. This course is tailor-made around participants and we find that most riders enrol from one course to another, using it as the equivalent of a weekly riding lesson.
Students must be at least 14 years of age. You should be able to walk, trot and canter confidently. You should also be able to ride comfortably without stirrups. Please ring Stephanie Meadows, Centre Manager, to have a chat prior to the course to ensure that it is right for you. Tel: 07970 726830
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 prior to the start of the course.
Riders learn how to correctly exercise a horse in walk, trot and canter, assessing and improving its way of going and its way of going around the arena. You will also jump small fences and work over grid. There is a lot of focus on the riding position and rider balance.
We have a great range of horses at the College. However, 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.
We also offer courses in a wide variety of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Dressage coach and trainer Georgia Brereton knew she was always going to work with horses one day.
Now 23, she has been riding since the age of four and after leaving school, she enrolled at Derby College to train for a career in the equine industry.
After completing a level 3 diploma in Equine Management in 2015, Georgia progressed onto the degree programme in Equine Science, Management and Training at Broomfield Hall.
As well as gaining these qualifications, Georgia also learned about dressage which has been invaluable with her career choice.
Georgia is now a UKCC Accredited British Dressage Coach. She holds British Equestrian Federation coaching qualifications to level 2, and she will be starting her level 3 course next year.
As part of her job, she travels to stables around Derbyshire, teaching dressage to riders aged between 15 and 50 as well as riding horses for her clients.
Georgia said: "I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great. They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content."
“One of the best things about the equine courses is the variety and the flexibility to learn within each module. I enjoyed all the modules but especially liked anatomy and physiology which were fascinating.”
Working with horses means Georgia’s day begins at 6.30am and doesn’t finish until early evening, but, she says, it’s worth it.
She added; “I get to ride so many different horses as well as my own lovely seven-year-old pony, Heaven. We started competing together in dressage events in the summer and he’s doing really well.”
I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great. They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content.