British Horse Society Career Pathway and Challenge Awards

We provide two routes of training – the British Horse Society Career Pathway for those primarily looking for a career with horses and The British Horse Society Challenge Awards for those looking to learn how to care for a horse, develop practical skills and get stuck in with day to day tasks! It is not necessary for you to have your own horse for either route.


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 recognised 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. Click on the link to find out more: g-pathway/

We run the following courses with a view to our candidates taking the exam at one of the many Exam centres across the country.

  • BHS Stage 1 (Both the Care and the Ride Assessment can be taken together or separately as Triley rather than another exam centre)
  • BHS Stage 2
  • BHS Stage 2 Teach
  • BHS Stage 3
  • BHS Stage 3 Teach
  • BHS Stage 4
  • BHS Ride Safe (we run twice yearly Ride Safe courses and assessments at Triley)

We run two hour Stage 1 sessions at the centre on a Friday afternoon. This consists of an hour ridden and an hour theory and stable management. The course is a rolling one so you can join at any time as long as there is a space available.

The BHS Stage 1 theory course is made up of 12 sections :-

  • Grooming & Handling
  • Clothing
  • Saddlery
  • Horse Husbandry
  • Foot & Shoeing
  • Anatomy & Handling
  • Health & Safety
  • Horse Health
  • Horse Behaviour
  • Basic Grassland Care
  • Watering & Feeding 1
  • Watering & Feeding 2 & General Knowledge

The BHS Stage 2 course involves plenty of riding both flatwork and jumps session is made up of 12 sections (stage 1 care must be completed to gain entry onto stage 2) The start date of this course is yet be confirmed. Please register your interest by emailing

  • Plaiting/trimming/travelling/clipping
  • Bandaging/boots/rugs
  • Saddlery
  • Handling/lunging
  • Stable design/grassland management
  • Foot and shoeing
  • Internal organs/digestive system
  • Teeth
  • Skeleton
  • Horse behaviour/horse health/worming
  • Fittening/roughing off
  • Watering/feeding


If you’re looking for a strong bond with a healthy, happy horse, the Challenge Awards are perfect for you. You can learn how to care for horses, develop hands-on, practical skills and get stuck in with the day-to-day tasks.

It doesn’t matter what previous experience you have with horses, or if you’re a complete beginner. All you need is enthusiasm and a love for horses! You do not even need to own your own horse.

You will receive expert guidance and support from BHS Approved Coaches and they will help you work towards and achieve your personal goals. You will be encouraged to enhance your knowledge at your own pace and advance on what’s important to you.

But most importantly, you’ll have fun along the way! Remember, there are no time limits, or constraints to complete an award so you can work at a pace to suit you to achieve your goals. There are three levels. Bronze, Silver and Gold.