The intermediate Improve Your Riding course is designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. This course focuses on furthering the rider's balance and developing an understanding of improving the horse’s way of going on the flat and over fences.
We find that many riders enrol from one course to another, using this as the equivalent of a weekly riding lesson.
Learners must be at least 14 years of age. You should be able to walk, trot and canter confidently, and jump a small fence. You should also be able to ride comfortably without stirrups.
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.
Prior to booking, please contact Stephanie Meadows on 07970 726830 to have an informal chat about your previous riding experience in order to ensure you are booking onto the appropriate course.
Riders learn how to exercise a horse correctly in walk, trot and canter, assessing and improving its way of going. You will also jump small fences and work over grid. There is a lot of focus on the riding position and rider balance, with and without stirrups.
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:
• Correctly fitted and up-to-current-safety-standard riding hat
• Riding gloves
• Correctly fitted and up-to-current-safety-standard riding footwear
• Correctly fitted and up-to-current-safety-standard body protectors - for the jumping element of the course
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening Equine courses – please see the Derby College Equestrian website at www.derby-college.ac.uk/equestrian-centre
We also offer courses covering a wide range of other land-based topics. Please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Melissa Shanker had always wanted to work with horses. Riding since she was nine years old, she even took part-time jobs at stables while she was at school. So studying Horse Management – together with various BHS qualifications – at Derby College was the ideal route to her dream career. After leaving College, Melissa always managed to find work with horses. She is now based at Pool House Equine Clinic in Lichfield where she has become their first-ever trainee veterinary nurse. She assists the vets with daily appointments and emergencies, helps with surgical procedures and is learning about how the laboratory is run.
Taking the course at Broomfield Hall gave me the qualifications I needed to pursue my chosen career as an equine veterinary nurse. It helped me develop
specific horse care knowledge which I wouldn’t have gained just through working at riding stables.