Millsleigh Horse and Pony Learning Center Introduction


Learning-Centre-Logo.jpgThe Learning Centre opened its doors at the beginning of January 2017 (15th Term starts) with the EQASA Module 1 Training. As a fully operational breeding Stud, student places are limited to a maximum of 6 Students (paying and Intern) at any one time. Our objective is to teach up to two modules of the curriculum per year so that we can maintain our existing Internship, horse training and breeding schedules.

We are requiring 5 students to make our courses viable, the fees including:
        
  • Knowledge, practical education including assignments and projects
  • Accommodation if required excluding meals (charged per month)
  • Use of Stud horses and tack (saddles, bridles and equipment)
  • Our chosen text book and learning materials
  • Project and assignment workbook
  • Riding Lessons Group or One-on-One depending on level (charged per month according to number)
  • Admin and Co-ordination fees
  • Course Tutors/Presenters/Coaches of SA highest Coaching, Riding and Service Provider Levels
  • Learner Agreement and Rider Assessment

Excluded from the course fee are riding equipment and suitable equestrian clothing, EQASA registration and examination/assessment fees and transport to and from the Course Venue (the Stud).  

We estimate that each EQASA Module will take approximately two-three months to complete depending on the pace of learning and the extent of practical training required, however this is determined on the age, knowledge and practical experience of the Learner. EQASA Examinations and Assessments will be co-ordinated at the Centre to take place in the first and second half of the year. Modules may be taken at a once-off fee or as individual courses as we appreciate that Students who are working may not be able to release the time needed to complete all the sections in one course. All Students will develop a portfolio of evidence during the course – the Learning Centre is evaluating an interactive “personal portfolio” Ipad, Tablet system to enable Students to submit their Learning Experiences using their own horses to the Course Presenters/Coaches.

The Internship is slightly different in that it still covers the same knowledge areas however with further practical and work-based experience. The intern is also contracted to the employer (the Stud) for 6 months and will receive a minimum wage per month for that amount of time. All fees still apply. This gives the opportunity to “learn” in a workplace environment which is valuable for the development of the CV and portfolio of evidence for their next employer.

The purpose of the training is to train individuals to ultimately be competent stable employees after completion of Modules 1-3, riders after completion of Module 4 or ultimately Managers, Owners, Coaches/Trainers/Riding Masters after completion of Modules 5-7 to the South African Equestrian Industry. Facilitating the process of the Student to competently instruct at Equestrian Centres/Clubs from Development to Advanced Level in any chosen Discipline although the Centre is orientated more towards English Riding (Eventing), our philosophy is to provide good foundation education on the ground and riding both theoretical and practical, so the Student may choose their specialisation in the future as a competent employee.   

The training will ensure that they will ultimately ride and work with horses in the most correct manner reflecting best practice from all around the world.  

The purpose is also to ensure a correct education of the horse with the horse’s welfare being our no.1 priority. Emphasis in the training is on horse and rider safety in the workplace, handling environmental issues, managing health and nutrition with confidence and with secure knowledge to make informed decisions in sometimes traumatic environmental circumstances.  At the Stud the horses ages range from 6 months to 18 years, so the development of the horses is extremely important to us and Students will be able to observe and participate in the starting of young horses to go as far as the talent of the horses will allow.  

Knowledge and education includes a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and physics of the horse so that in future Students can advise the riders/owners of correct use and handling with confidence.

At the Centre we pride ourselves in educating young people towards stable and economical management of South Africa’s Equestrian Centres and Clubs to enable them to co-operate competently and constructively with Boards and Owners of such facilities.  

The Learning Centre is the final "Millsleigh" initiative/project grown out of a need in South Africa (particularly in the Central Region) for more formal equine and equestrian training centres delivering the Equestrian Qualifications Authority of South Africa (EQASA) and SA Pony Club equine and equestrian curriculum. We are beginning with Modules 1-3 and Riding Proficiency for Module 4. The Learning Centre received its accreditation at the Stud earlier in 2017.

I hope this gives you an idea of our education approach and structure and should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly!

With best wishes

Zena Penfold
Course Director and Owner
Millsleigh Horse and Pony Learning Centre