Information about the Bursary Scheme:
There are five bursaries of £200 each available and you may apply for more than one. You must be a BHS member or a British Riding Club member for the amateur’s bursaries. In the case of the amateur award only, you may be either a BHS member or a BRC member, for all others you need to be a BHS member. Rider only applicants may join the BHS after applying but before receiving any bursary.
Professional: For those working in the horse industry (or intending to) who have already passed BHS Stage II.
Student: For those studying within the BHS exam system up to and including BHS Stage II.
Competitor: For those whose main equestrian focus is competing (within any discipline).
BHS or BRC Member Amateur: For the ‘everyday’ rider and horse owner seeking to improve their equestrian skills.
Rider Only: For the rider who does not own their own horse and taking (or wishing to take) lessons at a BHS approved yard or with a BHS registered instructor.
The bursaries will be paid to assist with training costs with a BHS approved instructor or with the BHS examinations department to pay towards professional exams. Payment will only be made against invoices received, ideally directly to the instructor or the BHS, but reimbursement of properly rendered invoices paid by the awardee will also be possible.
Successful candidates will agree to take part in publicity to promote the work of the BHS. They may also be requested to give a very brief presentation about their experience with the bursary at an appropriate event in their local county.
If a bursary has not been used within 12 months of the offer of the bursary the offer will be withdrawn. Extensions may be agreed in exceptional circumstances (e.g. injury or a specific training opportunity).
Selection is based on an application form, in which candidates are asked about their experience and their aspirations and plans. This form must be submitted by email no later than 15 August.
Application forms must be submitted electronically as they will be distributed to the Applications Committee by email.
All application forms will be considered by an Applications Committee appointed by the BHS Regional Committee, to include one BHS registered Instructor/Coach. The forms will be evaluated against the objective criteria which are part of the application form.
Short-listed candidates may be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview, to be held no later than 5 October.
Before any bursary is awarded, a written reference will also be required, as set out on the application form. Only referees for short listed candidates will be approached.
All bursaries will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Applications Committee on behalf of the BHS Regional Committee. Any application made for bursaries may be rejected for any reason whatsoever and any decision made by the Applications Committee will be final.
Please Note: The Region comprises Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Download the Student Bursary Form (Word)
Download the Rider Bursary Form (Word)
Download the Amateur Bursary Form (Word)
Download the Competitor Bursary Form (Word)
Download the Professional Bursary Form (Word)