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"Jump Forward" - Young Volunteer Programme - Askham Bryan College, Yorkshire

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  • Course Content

    This project has been made possible using funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All England and is delivered by the British Eventing Charitable Foundation. 

    If you are aged between 16 and 21 and interested in working or volunteering with horses, or even if you just love being outdoors, this is the course for you! Participants aged 15 are eligible but must have their 16th birthday in 2017.

    This free, two day programme (dates below) gives young people access to expert advice about how to get involved with the horse industry, specifically the sport of Eventing, through career guidance, advice on business enterprises, options for education and the benefits of volunteering.

    Attendees will also get the chance to meet and ask questions of some of the sports' most experienced volunteers, as well as getting 'hands-on' with an exclusive behind the scenes look at the organisation of a BE event. 

    All attendees will also be given free registration to the well renowned Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) Bronze course, which is designed to recognise the time and effort young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, so they become equestrian leaders of the future. The three day FREE course includes:

    Day 1-   Saturday 22nd July - Volunteering: so many benefits! Career choices: what are the options?
    (indoor workshops at Askham Bryan College)
    Day 3 - Sunday 6th August 8.15am onwards- Behind the Scenes - an exclusive look at the Organisation of Skipton BE Event (outdoors)

    Classroom sessions take place at Askham Bryan College and the final session will take place during the Skipton Horse Trials. Lunch is provided free of charge every day for all attendees and all who complete the course will be rewarded at a special awards ceremony at the prestigious Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in September!

    If you wish to book for all three days click on the red 'book now' button to the right of this page. Please note you will be expected to attend all three days - but we understand that sometimes things change, so if you have booked but are unlikely to be able to attend one or two of the days please let us know by emailing

  • Trainer

    Day 1 - Volunteering: so many benefits!
    We will have a number of experienced volunteers who have many years worth of experience and expertise volunteering for British Eventing and will talk about why they love volunteering and how it has benefitted them. 
    There will also be an experienced BE official present to talk about all of the different volunteer roles that are available in British Eventing and will run a fun workshop to let attendees have a 'virtual' go at some of the skilled roles available, such as fence judging or cross country controlling. 
    We will also have a representative from the Young Equestrian Leaders' Award who will explain how the YELA works, why you should be getting involved and also explain how previous YELA award recipients have benefitted. 

    Day 2 - Career choices: what are the options?
    An experienced college lecturer will talk about different routes into a career with horses, including apprenticeships, NVQs and full time educational options. 
    A representative from the British Grooms Association will talk about your options available to you as a person employed in the industry - what to expect from employment as a groom or a coach, what to think about if setting up as self employed and where to go for advice. 
    A BE representative will talk about 'selling yourself' to potential employers or organisations you'd like to be involved in, by making the best use of your strengths to come across well. 

    Day 3 - Behind the Scenes at a BE Event
    A BE representative  will give the group a guided tour around the event, giving voluteers the opportunity to speak to some of the officials and volunteers involved and see what goes into the planning and management of a BE affilliated event. 
    Skiptons organiser will welcome the group and explain how the roles of volunteer are so important to their event. 
    We will also have a rider / coach available to conduct a walk of the cross country course with the group, talking about what goes into the planning and building of a cross country course, what the riders should be looking for when riding the course and explaining what the fence judges and course officials do on the day. 

  • Facilities

    Days 1 and 2 -Askham Bryan College: Indoor classroom sessions. Cafe and toilets available. Refreshments and lunch for attendees provided free of charge. 

    Day 3 - British Eventing event - outdoors, with toilets and food outlets available. Refreshments and lunch for attendees provided free of charge. 

  • Timings

    Days 1 and 2 - 10:00 start, finish no later than 16:00 with regular breaks. 

    Day 3 - Start and finish times will be available closer to the date. 

  • Parking

    Ample free parking available at both Askham Bryan and at the Skipton Horse Trials. 

  • Refreshments

    Refreshments and a sandwich lunch provided for all attendees each day. 

  • Kit Required

    Days 1 and 2 - Pen and paper
    Day 3 - Clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors on grass. 

  • Additional Information

    The 'Jump Forward' Programme is taking place at eight locations around England, Scotland and Wales. Find out more at


Askham Bryan College
Askham Bryan College,
YO23 3FR,
United Kingdom