Courses on horses for everyone...

Although the centre was originally built for the exclusive use of disabled riders, we are now increasing participation so everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the unique enjoyment and learning experience that contact with horses can bring - whatever their ability.

Whether you require a one off 'riding experience' or training towards a recognised accredited qualification, each course can be tailored to meet individual needs and/or curriculum criteria.

 

What's Available

  • EQL  Levels I, II & III (replaces NVQ Levels I, II & III)

  • BHS Stages I, II and III

  • Riding and Road Safety

  • ASDAN Courses EA, Towards Independence Award & Transition Challenge

  • One week riding holidays (non-residential)

  •  BHS Preliminary Teaching Test

 

 

NVQ - National Vocational Qualification

The awarding body we use for our NVQ is the British Horse Society. NVQ's are awarded on continual assessment. There are different levels, at present 1, 2 & 3 and each level is made up of several units. Each unit is made up of practical skills and written assignments which provide the underpinning knowledge.

An assessor, in our case Jane or Kay, will assess each unit. If it is of the required level it will be signed off. If not at the required level the candidate is 'referred' and has another assessment when they feel they are ready.

All assessments are done at the workplace using familiar equipment and horses you know.

 

The alternative method of gaining qualification is:

 

BHS Stage Exams

The BHS stages follow the same syllabus as the NVQ's. BHS stage 1 being equivalent NVQ 1 and so on. The main difference is that the BHS stages are sat as a one day exam at an exam centre. The nearest one to here is Blackdyke in Carlisle.

We offer BHS preparation courses at the WRC. The minimum age for NVQ or BHS is 14 years.  To sit the BHS Stage 2 you must hold the Ride & Road Safety Certificate.

 

Ride & Road Safety Certificate 

We also run courses at the Centre for this exam. The course consists of a 5 week course including theory and practical training, followed by an exam taken at the WRC.

This is an accredited qualification and is open to adults and children over 12 years.
See extended details below.

 

ASDAN - Award Scheme Development & Accreditation Network

 

EA - Employability Award

This is a course aimed at gaining skills that will help when looking for employment.

 

5 different levels to suit all abilities.

 

There are up to 11 modules to choose from including Health & Safety, Employing job opportunities, Rights and Responsibilities at work.

At the end of the course each person has a portfolio to take away as proof of their work.

Each candidate has up to 2 years to complete their portfolio.

 

 

Towards Independence Award and Transition Challenge

In Horse Riding and Stable Management

 

The aim of each course is to help each student develop skills in horse riding and stable management, encouraging each individual to think more about what a horse needs in daily life as well as developing their own riding skills.

 

Throughout the course each student will develop a portfolio of the work they do with photographs and written pieces about what they have done. The portfolio is kept by the student after the course is completed.

At the end of the course each student will receive a certificate to recognise their achievements.

The riding section includes:

Mounting and dismounting safely

Riding the horse at walk and trot

Holding the reins correctly.

 

The horse care section includes:

Grooming the horse

Parts of the horse

Parts of the horses' tack

Mucking out stables

What horses eat

What to wear when riding

How to be safe around horses

 

It is anticipated that the Towards Independence Award course could be completed in 12/13 weeks

 

The Transition Challenge runs for 36 weeks. It consists of a total of 5 modules, with each student completing a minimum of 8 units each - Equalling a total of 40 units to gain the full ASDAN award. Modular awards can also be achieved.

The course can be completed in one of two ways:

 

Riding and Horse Care (45min riding and 45mins horse care)

Or

Horse Care only (45 min session)


B.H.S. Riding and Road Safety Training and Tests at W.R.C.

Since January 2011 Riding and Road Safety is now known as The Level Two E.Q.L. Award in B.H.S. Riding Horses Safely on the Public Highway.  It is split into two units which can be taken individually or all on the same day. Candidates much have achieved Unit 1 before sitting Unit 2.

Unit 1 - Principles of Riding Horses on the Highway consists of 15 guided theoretical learning hours providing two credits.

Unit 2 - Ride a Horse in an Enclosed Area and on the Highway consists of 45 guided practical learning hours providing 6 credits.

Why take part in B.H.S. Riding and Road Safety Training?

  • Riding and Road Safety is an essential prerequisite for taking the B.H.S. Stage Two exam.  Both adults and children (12 years of age minimum) may take part.

  • Most importantly the training could help save both you and your horse as well as other road users.  Potentially it could also help in your defence in court if you were involved in a horse related accident on the road.

  • You accumulate 8 training credits which are fully transferable to any other form of training.

  • You gain a qualification equivalent to one G.C.S.E.

All enquiries are welcome to Kay Redfern (B.H.S. Riding and Road Safety Officer Durham Region, trainer and examiner)
Email: kredfern123@btinternet.com
Mobile: 07929 776332
W.R.C.: 0191 416 2745


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 BHS Preliminary Teaching Test

at the Washington Riding Centre

Training and exam preparation follows a well established 12 week programme (2 hour sessions) 

Trainees will be encouraged to put into practice their learning and opportunities provided, to increase confidence and extend skills.  

All Enquiries to Kay Redfern   Email  kredfern123@btinternet.com

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 BHS  HORSE OWNER'S CERTIFICATE

 

LEVEL ONE

 

AT THE WASHINGTON RIDING CENTRE 

 

This is a short course consisting of seven two hour sessions of both theory and practical activities related to the knowledge and management of horses and ponies.  It is specifically aimed at the first time horse owner, or parent of horse owners.  There are four levels in all therefore there will be an opportunity to continue on future courses if you choose to further your learning and develop your skills.

 

At the end of the course (session seven) there will be a written paper marked by myself and then sent to the British Horse Society for moderation. The pass mark is 60% and successful candidates will receive a certificate from the B.H.S.

 

If help is required regarding any special needs this will be available on request (e.g. literacy)

 

COST OF COURSE IS £140.00

INCLUSIVE OF MODERATION FEE

 

Your place will be secured with a deposit of £40.00 and the remaining balance to be paid on commencement of the course.

 

ALL ENQUIRIES ARE WELCOME

 

CONTACT KAY REDFERN

 

MOB 07929 776332

 

Email : kredfern123@btinternet.com

 

 

Please contact Kay Redfern if you require more information or want to enrol.

 

 

 Tyne and Wear RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association). Registered Charity No.1155770