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Equine Tourism - Ride Leader Level 2

By completing our Equestrian Tourism exams you will be able to show your level of competence in the equestrian tourism industry. Employers can be assured that you are competent at the level you are qualified to and your clients will know that with you they are in safe hands.

Working in close collaboration with The Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland, The Association of Irish Riding Establishments and The Welsh Trekking and Riding Association we have created progressive vocational qualifications specifically for those in the equestrian tourism industry. The qualifications particularly benefit those who escort treks, trail rides and hacks. These qualifications provide industry related, recognised standards of competence.

Ride Leader Level 2 Certificate

This is the first level of Equine Tourism qualifications formally known as the Assistant Ride Leader qualification. It provides assurance that you are capable of helping first time riders on short rides, treks or hacks, and able to assist in the daily running of a commercial equestrian establishment.

Entry requirements

All candidates must already hold the BHS Riding & Road Safety Certificate before applying for any of these exams.

You must be 16 years or over and hold a current Health & Safety First Aid at Work, BHS First Aid or appropriate National equivalent.

If you already hold your BHS Stage 1, you can convert this to a Ride Leader Level 2 qualification simply by taking some additional units.


We hope that riders will stay safe riding out, but unfortunately accidents happen. Every year, a high number of equestrian incidents go unrecorded. Our dedicated site, horseaccidents.org.uk, is a valuable resource providing a way that we can record incidents and gather statistics. Without hard evidence like this, it is impossible to lobby those in power to make the changes to ensure riding is safer for all.

Please take any opportunity you may have to talk to clients or candidates about the existence of the website and why their report is so valuable. Sharing experiences could make a huge difference – together we can fight for change.

Important Information

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. If you have not received this or are unsure please contact the Education Department.

Next Exams:

Northern Ireland, 30/01/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
30/01/2017 LAUREL VIEW EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Co Antrim - BT39 0BX
Scotland, 16/02/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
16/02/2017 SKIBO LTD
Sutherland - IV25 3RQ
London, 04/03/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
04/03/2017 TRENT PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
London - N14 4UW
South, 17/03/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
17/03/2017 BURLEY VILLA SCHOOL OF RIDING
Hampshire - BH25 5SH

View all dates and locations

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

Post application to:

Education Team
The British Horse Society
Abbey Park
Stareton
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
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