Equine Centre

Equestrian Centre Courses

Full Time Courses

We run a range of courses at Derby College suitable for all levels of learner.

To find out more information about studying at college on Level 2 or Level 3 City & Guilds Horse Management and Horse Care courses (16 years +)

For information on our 2 year Technical Award counting as a GCSE for Key Stage 4 Schools pupils (14-16 year olds).

To look into Level 2 & 3 Apprenticeships to combine training with employment.

We now offer an innovative Higher Education Programme at Derby College including a Foundation Degree in Equine Studies and a BSc (Hons) Equine Studies - Top Up. Find out more about our Higher Education Equine Courses (PDF)

To find out about our curriculum, see all the extra-curricular opportunities and discover what makes being a student different here at Derby College,

Life as a Derby College Equine Student (PDF)

Read the latest testimonials from some of our previous students Emily Field and Eloise Dobrzynski

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Short Courses

Whether you are a leisure rider, a horse owner or trying to enhance your equestrian knowledge round another job, we have short courses which run in the evenings and at weekends to suit you.

Improve Your Riding

To access our courses, even at a starter level, all riders must be over 14 years old and be able to confidently walk, trot and canter. We have a 13 stone weight limit at the equestrian centre and course participants are weighed at the start of each course. You are expected to provide your own up to standard hat and riding equipment. Body protectors are mandatory for pole work and jumping at college.

Dates / Prices of all short courses are available to view

All courses at Derby College Equestrian Centre are accessible to you if you are:

  • • Over 14
  • • Under 13 stone
  • • Have your own riding equipment including body protector
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Improve your Riding

Run in blocks each term, our Improve Your Riding courses run on a Wednesday evening, Thursday evening and Saturday morning. We have a wide variety of well-mannered horses and offer weekly instruction in flat work and jumping. The courses run at different levels and we are happy to discuss your expectations with you so we can help guide you onto the right course.

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British Horse Society (BHS) Courses

We run friendly and inclusive BHS Stage 1 and BHS Stage 2 courses throughout the year. These run for 2 hours on a Tuesday evening from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. The content covers the BHS Stage 1 or BHS Stage 2 syllabus and cover the riding and care elements. We do not run external exams here so you would have to find another centre to take your exam.

For further details see our BHS courses OR For the BHS exam Stage 1 syllabi and BHS exam Stage 2 syllabi

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Adult Riding Camp

The Adult Riding Camp is designed as an introduction to horse ownership or a chance to spend a little more time with your favourite horse. You can bring your own horse with you if you wish or use one of ours. You will get fully involved with the care of your horse and "muck in" with stable duties. You will ride twice a day, and have a stable management lecture each day. The weekend will end with a show with prizes for everyone.

To come on our Riding Camp all riders must be over 14 years old and be able to confidently walk, trot and canter. We have a 13 stone weight limit at the equestrian centre and course participants riding college horses are weighed at the start of the Camp. You are expected to provide your own up to standard hat and riding equipment. Body protectors are mandatory for pole work and jumping at college.

See a Full List of Short Courses and Riding Lessons
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Adult Riding Camp
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