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Improve Your Riding – Intermediate – April 2024 – Thursday 7 pm

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 to suit the needs of participants and we find that most riders enrol from one course to another, using this as the equivalent of a weekly riding lesson.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Equine
Adult and Community
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 8
Hours: 1.00
Start: 18/04/2024
Tuition: £160
Days/Times: Thursday 7pm - 8pm
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

Improve Your Riding is designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. There are three different levels which you can access depending on your previous experience, confidence and ability.

This course is at the intermediate level, designed for confident riders who have had regular riding experience.

Students must be at least 14 years of age. You will need to be an accomplished rider at walk, trot and canter and be able to maintain a balanced position over a pole. Please ring Sally Foskett, Centre Manager, to have a chat prior to the course to ensure that it is the right choice for you.  Tel: 07970 726830. 

In order for us to ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone. All riders will be weighed and have a ride assessment prior to the start of the course.

The course will alternate between flatwork schooling and pole work. The focus is on supporting the horses and improving their way of going. Participants will work through the scales of training in order to achieve this both on the flat and over poles.

We have a great range of horses at the College but – 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.

This course will be delivered on-site.

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding hat with a tight chin strap
  • Riding gloves
  • Specific riding footwear, not Dubarry style country boots
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard body protector for pole work

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.

Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – please see the Derby College Group Equestrian website

We also offer a wide range of other land-based topics – please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus or the Derby College Group website for a full list and details.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 25, 2024 12:07 pm