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 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."