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BHS Stage 1 Training Course

27 Oct 2016 - 1 Dec 2016


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.

Snowball Farm is an Approved BHS Training and Examinations Centre. As preparation for BHS Stage One Examination we are offering six two hour sessions on Thursday evenings covering Theory and Practical topics.

This course is suitable for people studying for BHS Stage One, BHS Progressive Riding Test, BHS Essential Horse Knowledge and Care Certificate and anyone interested in the care and welfare of horses.

Sessions: Six sessions

Time: 6pm - 8pm.


  • £35 per session
  • Please note, the mock exam session will take place on Thursday 8 December 2016 and costs £40
  • All six sessions plus mock: £210

Why Train at Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre? Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre offers BHS students a choice of training opportunities, and the possibility of taking their examinations and assessments at Snowball Farm. Students receive the full range of theoretical and practical training they need to pass their exams to become professional equestrians. Our qualified and experienced instructors, led by Gemma Porter-Rawlings BHSI, deliver structured group and bespoke training for students up to Stage 4 and those seeking their PTT or ITT.  Sabrina Jones FBHS and Robert Pickles FBHS routinely provide training for all levels. Our excellent facilities include two indoor schools, two outdoor all-weather arenas, competition level show jumps and cross country fences, as well as the pick of a great range of horses for all levels of riding, from Stage 1 to Stage 4. So whether you are just starting out, progressing through your stages, working on your PTT or pushing for your Stage 4, Snowball Farm can help you.

If you would like to know more or would like to book a place, please contact Alyson Prior.


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