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Horse Knowledge Care and Riding Stage 1

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 1?

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 Instructors. 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 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:

South West, 16/11/2016
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Wiltshire - SN12 8NT
South, 17/11/2016
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Berkshire - RG8 0NE
East Midlands, 23/11/2016
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Leicestershire - LE14 2LJ
Wales, 23/11/2016
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Mid Glamorgan - CF35 5LG

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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 (either for 2016 exams or 2017 exams) 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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