Who is this qualification for?
The BHS Stage One is suitable for anyone aged 14 years and over who cares for and/or rides horses regularly. It is designed to give you a good foundation of equine knowledge and a solid base on which to build your riding skills.
Why should you do the BHS Stage One?
Working towards and completing a qualification is a great way to learn new skills and increase your motivation and self-confidence. The skills and knowledge you acquire whilst working towards this qualification will contribute to the increased safety for yourself and horses. The Stage One is also the first rung on the professional ladder of BHS qualifications, and is itself a recognised qualification.
What will a person with their BHS Stage One be able to do in a professional environment?
A person with their BHS Stage One will be able to work under supervision, and have the basic knowledge and skills to look after a well-mannered horse in the stable and at grass. They will be capable of riding an experienced horse or pony in an enclosed space.
How do you train for the BHS Stage One?
The best way to train is through a BHS Approved Training Centre or with a BHS Registered Instructor. Often there are courses set up specifically designed to prepare you for the exam, but if not centres and instructors will be able to cater training for your individual needs. It is also advisable to contact your exam venue, as they may be running training courses before the exam.
It is a good idea to go for an assessment lesson before booking your exam, so you can receive advice on your ability and training needs.
Have a look at our bookshop where you’ll find DVDs and books to help with your revision.
Where can you take the exam?
Our exams are held at BHS Approved Training Centres, please see the dates and venues below.
When you have taken BHS Stage One, what is the next step?
When you have passed your BHS Stage One, you can progress to BHS Stage Two. If you take the BHS Stage One Horse Knowledge and Care only or Riding only you may progress to the BHS Stage Two Horse Knowledge and Care or Riding, respectively. To enter BHS Stage Two Riding, you will also require your BHS Riding and Road Safety Certificate.
If you are unsuccessful in any section of your exam, you will not be required to retake the whole exam, you will retake the specific unit(s) only.
Important booking information: please be aware, exams close two weeks prior to the exam date. Entry will close at 5pm the night before this 14- day period begins, i.e. if the exam you would like to book, 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.