Course title:

"Jump Forward" - Young Volunteer Programme - Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh

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  • Course Content

    This project has been made possible using funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All Scotland 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! 

    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 two day FREE course includes:

    Day 1 -  Monday 7th August - Volunteering: so many benefits! / Career choices: what are the  options? (indoor workshop)

    Day 2 - Saturday, 12th August - Behind the Scenes - an exclusive look at the Organisation of Dalkeith BE Event (outdoors)

    Please Note: Day 1 will take place at Oatridge College, Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, West Lothian, EH52 6NH

    Lunch is provided free of charge both day for all attendees and all who complete the course will be rewarded at a special awards ceremony at the prestigious Blair Castle International Horse Trials in September!

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

  • Trainer

    Day 1 - Volunteering: so many benefits!
    An experienced volunteer will bring 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. 
    A BE Official will talk about all the different roles available as a volunteer for 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. 
    There will be a presentation about the Young Equestrian Leaders' Award, explaining how the YELA works, why you should be getting involved and also explain how previous YELA award recipients have benefitted. 
    Career choices: what are the options?
    There will be a talk about different routes into a career with horses, including apprenticeships, NVQs, full time educational options, working as a groom and becoming a coach. 
    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 2 - 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. 
    Organiser Bruce Edward will welcome the group. Bruce has many years experience organising Dalkeith BE Event and works with a team of volunteers.
    Fran Hay-Smith will 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

    Day 1  - Indoor classroom session. Toilets available. Refreshments and lunch for attendees provided free of charge. 

    Day 2 - British Eventing event - outdoors, with toilets and food outlets available. Refreshments and lunch for attendees provided free of charge. 

  • Timings

    Day 1 - 10:30 start, finish no later than 16:00 with regular breaks. 

    Day 2 - Start and finish times will be posted here and emailed out closer to the date. 

  • Parking

    Ample free parking available.  Parking will be on grass for day 2. 

  • Refreshments

    Refreshments and a sandwich lunch provided for all attendees both days. Cafe and food outlets are also available on Day 2 at the event for parents! 

  • Kit Required

    Day 1 - Pen and paper

    Day 2 - 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


Dalkeith Country Park
Dalkeith Country Park,
EH22 2NA,
United Kingdom