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Horse Knowledge Care and Riding Stage 4

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

  • The BHS Stage Four Horse Knowledge and Care is suitable for those aged 19 years or over, the riding can be taken by those aged 18 years or over.
  • To enter the exam you will need to have passed your BHS Stage Three.
  • The Horse Knowledge and Care section builds on the knowledge acquired at Stage Three and also includes; knowledge of managing an equestrian business. 
  • The riding section encompasses the training of horses and is composed of three sections; lungeing, flat and jumping which includes show jumping (3’6ft/107cm) and cross country (3’6ft/107cm).

Why should you do the BHS Stage Four?

The achievement of this qualification requires commitment and dedication to your own personal knowledge and riding skills. The BHS Stage Four is a component of the BHS Intermediate Instructor Certificate.  This qualification provides the skills to enable you to progress to a senior or management position within the industry.

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

A person who holds their BHS Stage Four will be able to take responsibility for yard organisation. They will be able to take charge and look after a number of horses and ponies in a variety of situations, ensuring horses, stables, yard and fields are safe and in good order. They will have the experience to manage staff and students and show an all-round knowledge of equine-relevant business matters. They will have the ability to assess and improve performance across a wide range of horses, as well as being able to ride and train horses for Elementary Dressage, Novice Horse Trials and Newcomers Show Jumping Competitions.

How do you train for the BHS Stage Four?

At this level you may need to travel to gain training.  Some centres will provide courses specifically tailored to provide training for the Stage Four exam.  It is also beneficial to arrange lessons at BHS Approved Training Centres to gain experience riding a variety of Stage Four horses.  Registered Instructors in your area will also be able to provide training for your Stage Four exam.  It is valuable to gain competition experience in preparation for this qualification. During the exam you will be asked to draw from your own experiences, so working in the industry or regular training, will be an advantage.

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?

Our exams are held at BHS Approved Training Centres, please see the dates and venues below.

When you have taken BHS Stage Four, what is the next step?

When you achieve the BHS Stage Four Horse Knowledge and Care you will be eligible to enter the BHS Stable Managers exam. On achievement of the BHS Stage Four Riding you may progress to the BHS Senior Equitation.

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 you exam.

Next Exams:

South West, 17/08/2017
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Gloucestershire - GL2 2RG
South, 20/09/2017
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Berkshire - SL4 4TN
West Midlands, 21/09/2017
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Staffordshire - ST18 0RE
East Midlands, 29/09/2017
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Northamptonshire - NN6 8BH

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.

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