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Horse Knowledge Care and Riding Stage 2

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

The BHS Stage Two is suitable for those aged 16 years and over. To enter the exam you will need to have passed your BHS Stage One and BHS Riding and Road Safety Test (if taking the Riding section).

The Horse Knowledge and Care section builds on the knowledge acquired at Stage One as well as including skills and knowledge required for the work environment. This includes: plaiting, trimming, clipping, wound care, worming, grassland management, fittening and lunging.  The riding is split into two sections; flat and jumping (2’6ft/76cm).

Why should you do the BHS Stage Two?

If you are considering buying a horse, or already own a horse, the care section of this qualification will provide you with vital information to keep your horse healthy.  It is also the second step onto the professional ladder of qualifications.  Many employers will look for this qualification for entry level staff.

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

A person who holds their BHS Stage Two will be able to work under regular but not constant supervision, they will be able to care for stabled and grass-kept horses during all seasons of the year. They will be able to ride an experienced horse or pony in the open as well as in a manège or indoor school.  They will be able to lunge and ride a horse for exercise.

How do you train for the BHS Stage Two?

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 beneficial to go for a riding lesson at a BHS exam venue as you need to feel comfortable riding different horses, that may be more forward or more laid back than you are used to.

Take 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 Two, what is the next step?

When you have achieved the complete BHS Stage Two you will be able to enter our first coaching/teaching qualification, the BHS Preliminary Teaching Test.  You will also be eligible to enter the BHS Stage Three. If you take the BHS Stage Two Horse Knowledge and Care only or Riding only you may progress to the BHS Stage Three Horse Knowledge and Care or Riding respectively.

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, 12/9/2016
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
12/9/2016 KINGSTON MAURWARD COLLEGE
Dorset - DT2 8PY
South, 12/15/2016
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
12/15/2016 Ride & Lunge Only, PM Exam SNOWBALL FARM EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Buckinghamshire - SL1 8EH
Ireland, 1/20/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
1/20/2017 CLONSHIRE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Co Limerick -
North West, 2/14/2017
Start date Time Duration Fee Location
2/14/2017 CHESHIRE RIDING SCHOOL LTD
Cheshire - CW9 6BS

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 (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

Post application to:

Education Team
The British Horse Society
Abbey Park
Stareton
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
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