Top Tips for Equestrian Tourism Exams from Grianne Sugars BHSI, BETCM
The Equestrian Tourism exams are slightly different to the BHS Stage exams. My top tips may help answer a few of your questions:
Make sure you apply in plenty of time for your choice of examination centre.
You’ll need your First Aid at Work and BHS Riding and Road Safety certificates. The BHS Head Office will need copies of these with your application.
This is a practical exam so wear suitable clean clothes suitable for work:
Jodhpurs and boots, sweatshirt and rain jacket (bring a change of clothes as the ride out will go ahead whatever the weather!).
Remember that you’re dealing with clients in the trail ride/trekking tourist business.
You must be friendly, cheerful and confident as well as being competent in all practical and theoretical tasks. Communication skills and all safety issues are very important.
You need to be efficient and workmanlike in all practical tasks.
A very correct but slow performance isn’t adequate. You must be employable.
Have a good understanding of map reading, use of the compass and GPS.
Some day you may have to lead a group down a mountainside in thick fog.
Treat the examination as a ‘normal’ working day.
It’s a very practical exam and the assessors have all worked in the industry themselves. They will be there while you are feeding, mucking out, etc. as well as riding out with you.
Make sure you read the syllabus thoroughly to be well-prepared.
Some centres even run refresher courses prior to an exam.