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BHS Training Courses & Exams

The four BHS Stage exams, of which Stage 1 is the first level, are generally taken by professional people wishing to work in the horse industry. The lower standards (primarily 1 and 2) are also used by keen amateur riders and horse owners who want to work towards a valued qualification and achieve a standard of competence well recognises and respected by the horse industry. Each stage exam consists of a ridden unit and stable management units (called knowledge and care). the knowledge and care consists of three units. the two parts can be taken on the same day, or separately. the complete qualification will not be awarded until both sections have been successfully achieved.

We currently run the following courses

  • BHS Stage 1
  • BHS Stage 2
  • BHS Stage 2 Teach
  • BHS Stage 3
  • BHS Stage 3 Teach
  • BHS Stage 4
  • BHS Ride Safe

BHS Stage 1

The BHS stage 1 Riding requires that the candidate is capable of riding a quiet experiences horse or pony an enclosed space in walk, trot and canter. candidates must understand the basic principles of horse care and working under supervision, show some knowledge and practice of looking after a well mannered horse in the stable and at grass. Candidates must be 14 years and over.

BHS Stage 2

Candidates must have achieved their Stage 1 or Progressive riding tests 1-6 before applying to take Stage 2. The candidate must understand the the general management and and requirements of horses for their health and well-being. Working under regular but not constant supervision, the candidate should be able to carry out the care of stabled and grass kept horses during all seasons of the year. The candidate must be capable of riding and experienced horse or pony in the countryside and on the public highway as well as in a manege or indoor school. the candidate will be required to demonstrate safe lunging procedures, as well as riding a horse on the flat and over fences. This exam will show you have the skills required to work as an assistant groom or work and care for horses with limited supervision.

BHS Stage 2 Teach

This is one of the first two teaching exams required on the road to your instructor qualifications. candidates must show competence in working with novice riders by teaching a lead rein and a lunge lesson. You will also learn the skills needed to teach a group lessons comprising both flatwork and jumping. There is also a practical stable management section where you have a choice of four core subjects covering from tacking up to rugging and much more.

Stage Three

this exam consists of three elements: care, lunge and ridden. the care section includes horse behaviour, health, common ailments, feeding and the fitting of tack for different disciplines among other topics. The lunge section is more indepth that that of Stage 2 and the candidate must demonstrate their skills and knowledge in helping the horses way of going.

The ridden section comprises of the flatwork section where you need to evaluate the horses way of going and ways to improve in their education. The jump section involves jumping a course of show jumps of up to 1m in height and then continuing onto a cross country course at a height of 90cms.

Stage 3 Teach

This is the second of the teaching qualifications, candidates are required to deliver a flat lesson for a client who is looking to compete at a preliminary or novice level at Dressage competitions and also to teach a simulated cross country lessons in an arena over a height of 80cms.

Stage 4

This exam will allow you to demonstrate  your skills and knowledge at a much higher level within the industry. It consists of a care, lunge and ridden sections. Some of the topics covered within the care section are nutrition, fittening, health and fitting of specialist tack and equipment. the lunge section must demonstrate your knowledge and ability in improving the horses way og going and ways of moving forward. the ridden section requires you to be able to ride up to elementary level. To prepare, assess and ride horses of a course of show jumps of up to 1m7cms and cross country jumps of up to 1m7cms also.

BHS Ride safe

the Ride Safe award is designed to give you knowledge and confidence when riding on the roads in different environments and situations including understanding common road signs and the highway code, negotiating obstacles and hazards and dealing with conflicts.

The exam will also consist of riding safely on public roads, rights of way and riding at competitions. This exam is designed to be take alongside the Stage 1 exam and must be passed before progressing to BHS Stage2.

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