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National Convention 2019 - Cavan Equestrian Centre, Ireland

13 May 2019 - 14 May 2019

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Building on the success of our previous coaching conventions The British Horse Society will be holding five National Conventions in 2019. Previously targeted at the Society’s Accredited Coaches these events have been expanded to include a new day dedicated to any equestrian wishing to improve their knowledge and skills.

With demonstrations from top coaches, including Fellows of the BHS, and professional riders, and break out sessions focusing on lorry safety, course building and equine nutrition there will definitely be something for everyone to take away whether you are a professional coach or ride for pleasure.

  • Day 1 has been accepted as CPD for British Eventing.

Guest Speakers

  • Christoph Hess
  • Tom Holden
  • Sam Watson
  • Sam York FBHS
  • Gillian Higgins 


Group Discount  15% for groups over 10. 
Group Discount for Approved Centres
and Irish Centre’s / Trainers
Group discount 15% for groups over 10. Each group gets one free ticket.  
To use these offers, please contact

Day One



Christoph Hess
“Taking the stressage out of dressage” Christoph Hess presents simple techniques for maximum marks.
Tom Holden
“Getting On Track – on the ground” an informative and interactive session helping you to design and build great training tracks at home that get you “on track” to clear rounds in competition.
Tom Holden
“Getting On Track – in the saddle” helping you to ride the right tracks at home to get you ‘on track’ to clear rounds in competitions. Using minimal fences for maximum effect.
Sam Watson
“Racehorse to your horse – finding a way forward” As the popularity of racehorses as recreational riding horses continues to grow this session will focus on how training thoroughbreds can differ from training other horses to ensure positive outcomes.
Sam York FBHS
For the Challenge for the Love” BHS Challenge Awards: Achieve your personal goals and aspirations! Develop your confidence, skills and knowledge with the support of your coach; introducing the BHS’s new offer of awards you can complete at your yard or your nearest BHS Approved Centre.
Gillian Higgins
"How the Horse Moves” Using lungeing and riding Gillian Higgins will demonstrate the bio-mechanics of the horse and how the rider influences the movement of the horse.
Break out session
“Allow time, check inside” An educational session designed to ensure that you and your horse are safe whilst out travelling. Helping you to identify the important checks you should be making to your horse transport.


Day Two



Alex Copeland
Christophe Hess
Coaching the rider (demo)
Alex Copeland 
Introduction to professional assessments
Tim Downes FBHS, Sam York FBHS, Andrew Bennie FBHS
Standard setting Stages (demo)
Anthony and Anton
Ride Out Demo
Alex Copeland
Introduction to Bhs Challenge Awards
Sam York FBHS and Andrea Parsons Standard setting Challenge Awards (demo)
Lucy Katan Mental health for equine workers
Tim Downes FBHS and Andrew Bennie FBHS Ditching the gadgets
Becky Vanden Bogaerde Eating disorders in the equestrian world
Sam York FBHS Coaching in the 21st Century
Alex Copeland Wrapping it up, Q and A
Break out session - Marketing tools for equine professionals 

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