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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 11

Hours: 1.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Wednesday 18:30 to 19:30

Tuition (£): 193.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 14 years of age and will 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 beginner riders, but can recommend approved centres where you could start riding.

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.

This course is very popular, please contact Stephanie Meadows on 07970 726830 or email stephanie.meadows@derby-college.ac.uk to register your interest. 

Course Content

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.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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 

What can I do after this 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 a wide range of other courses covering land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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Melissa Shanker

Melissa Shanker

Training to become an equine veterinary nurse

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.

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