Whether you are thinking of starting your BHS exams, or just want to deepen your equestrian knowledge, this course will help you. We cover practical and theoretical stable management and ride through the Stage 1 syllabus which can be found online at http://www.bhs.org.uk
Candidates must be at least 14 years of age and need to be able to walk, trot and canter and be independent from the rein i.e. not balancing the body weight on the horse's mouth.
We do not accept any beginner riders.
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.
The course will cover:
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. At the end of the course, you will do a mock Stage 1 riding exam.
You will be required to supply your own:
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening Equine courses – please see our Equestrian website (www.derby-college.ac.uk/equestrian-centre). We also offer a wide range of courses on other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
A former Derby College student is now supervisor at the horse yard where she first honed her equine management skills. Lauren Morley, 26, attended Broomfield College as a teenager and now also lecturers a new generation of students. Lauren now hopes to use her skills in the future to set up her own show jumping yard. Her career is underpinned by her two year BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management (level 3).
"The course gave me a good understanding of yard management and equine health and there was always support available if you needed it. It was also very practical, which I liked."