This introductory Improve Your Riding course is designed for those who can confidently walk, trot and canter. It is a fun course tailor-made to meet the needs of participants and designed to build rider balance and increase riding skills. You will focus on your riding position, increasing security and the foundations of jumping.
Learners must be at least 14 years of age and should 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 beginner riders, but can recommend approved centres where you could start riding.
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.
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.
We work on improving the balance technique and competence of the rider. We alternate between flat work and jumping where we introduce work in the light seat over poles and jump small fences.
There is 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 run courses covering a wide range of 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."