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BHS Stable Managers

Who is this qualification for, and what is needed to enter it?

  • The BHS Stable Manager is suitable for those aged 22 years or over.
  • To enter the exam you will need to have passed the BHS Stage Four Horse Knowledge and Care.
  • The exam consists of four sections: feeding and fittening; veterinary drugs; saddlery, static and dynamic conformation; and business management.
  • Candidates will be required to deliver a pre prepared presentation and deliver a stable management coaching session.

Why should you do the BHS SM?

This qualification is recognised in its own right by employers worldwide, it is also a component part of the BHS Instructor Certificate. This qualification will enhance your equine knowledge and increase your competence in the managerial practices relating to efficient organisation and running of private and commercial yards.

What will a person with their BHS SM be able to do in a professional environment?

A person who holds their BHS SM will have sound experience and knowledge in all aspects of horse care and will be a competent stable manager, able to supervise and train staff and students. They will also be able to examine horses for purchase and advise on maintaining horse health, care of competition horses, and the breeding and management of young horses.

How do you train for the BHS SM?

You should already be working in the industry and be competent and confident in all aspects of horse care and management.  BHS Approved Centres may run preparatory days for this examination, but it is also important that you have accrued your own experience within the industry.

Also have a look at our bookshop where you’ll find DVDs and books to help with your revision.

Where can you take the exam?

We currently hold this exam at two venues; World Horse Welfare in Norfolk and World Horse Welfare in Lancashire.  These are not BHS Training Centres so you will not be able to train at the venue prior to the exam.

When you have achieved BHS SM, what is the next step?

If you have not yet achieved your BHS Senior Coach and Senior Equitation, this would be your next step to achieve the BHSI Certificate.  When you have achieved the BHSI, the Fellowship will be your next goal.

If you are unsuccessful in one unit do you have to re-sit the whole exam?

This exam is not unitised, if you are unsuccessful in any of the sections you will need to retake the complete exam.

Important Booking Information: please be aware exams close two weeks prior to the exam date. Entry will close at 5pm on the night before this 14 day period begins, i.e. if the exam you would like to book for is on the 20th of any given month, you must be booked on by 5pm on the 5th.

If your exam is on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, entry will close at 3pm on the Friday before the 14 day period begins.

Please see the step by step guide below on how to book your exam.

Next Exams:

East, 18/05/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
18/05/2017 WHW Equine Rehabilitation Centre
Lancashire - FY4 5JS
North West, 19/10/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
19/10/2017 WHW Equine Rehabilitation Centre
Lancashire - FY4 5JS

How to apply

  1. Step 1

    Before applying for your exam, you’ll need to become a Gold member of the BHS. Candidates living overseas who intend to take their exams overseas may take exams with BHS E-membership. Candidates living overseas who wish to take their exams in the UK will require Full Overseas membership.

    You can pay for your membership by monthly or annual Direct Debit, as well as credit or debit card. If you choose to pay by annual Direct Debit, you’ll also receive a £5 discount on your first year’s payment. Join online now or call our membership team on 02476 840506.

  2. Step 2

    We recommend you apply for your exam three to four months before you wish to take it, as this gives you the best chance of getting your preferred venue and date. You need to complete an application form or call the Education Department on 02476 840508. Please make sure you have your membership number and credit or debit card details handy.

  3. Step 3

    You will receive confirmation letter in the post confirming your exam date and time. If you have not received this or are unsure please contact the Education Department. Please be aware that dates on the website are subject to change so please refer to your confirmation letter for your exam date and time.

Get in touch to apply

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The British Horse Society
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