Training and Education
The Stables offers an opportunity for horse centred training with an emphasis on personal and social development that cannot be found elsewhere.
The trainees gain transferable employment skills in addition to "soft skills" through their involvement with our project and people. These include confidence building, self-esteem, motivation and an ability to work with others. They can experience working in a structured environment, accepting responsibility for themselves and others, acquiring attributes that will hopefully assist users gain access to further training or employment.
Whilst here trainees have access to qualified instructors, quite study areas and all the stables' horses, ponies and equipment. This is a working yard so users gain real life work experience which can be complimented by generic and equestrian accreditation.
We have accreditation pathways to suit any learner. Those new to horse care and riding can begin with Association of British Riding School tests. These are done via practical and verbal assessment at the stables. Learners can gain the skills they need for their first test in 6-12 learning hours. Tests can take the learner up to an employable level of horse care and riding.
British Horse Society Exams are for those who are considering a career in the equestrian industry. There are horse care, riding and teaching qualifications. We provide training however examinations take place off site with unfamiliar horses and assessors.
Pony Club tests and badges can be accessed by 5-25 year olds who are members of the Pony Club of Great Britain. Tests take the learner from a basic level to a professional standard. Badges can be gained along the way!
UK Coaching Certificates are ideal for those wanting to teach horse riding. Candidates need to have an established level of knowledge with regard to riding. They recieve 3 days training followed by an assessment. This can take place either in house or at nearby establishments.
ASDAN Volunteering in the Community Awards can be accessed at levels 1-3. Learners build up a portfolio of evidence reflecting their volunteer work at the stables and exploring other volunteering opportunities. Their portfolio is then internally and externally moderated.
Sports Leaders Awards are a new addition to our accreditation options. These are aimed at 14-18 year olds who wish to take a lead role in delivering training sessions. Training and assessment is carried out in house.