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27 June 2012

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Horse riding centres in China and Singapore have become the latest overseas establishments to join The British Horse Society Approvals scheme.

Equuleus International Riding Club from the Chayang District of Beijing has become the first Chinese centre to apply for and gain BHS approval, while Gallop Stable Singapore PTE Ltd becomes Singapore’s second approved centre.

Passing rigorous high standards in horse welfare, health and safety and instruction, the centres joins the growing number of international establishments wishing to be linked with the Society’s Approval scheme.

The Society’s Inspector was impressed with the overall design and layout of Equuleus as well as the high quality of work carried out. He said: “The BHS can look forward to working with Equuleus International Riding Club and helping them to achieve their goal of becoming the first BHS examination centre in China”.

Michelle Wong from Equuleus said: “The inspection was very inspiring. The inspector helped us a lot with almost all aspects of stable management, customer service and helped us to pick out our shortcomings.

“China is very special. The sport and the market are just getting started and we wanted to do it with a proper system which is well disciplined. We got to know the BHS system eight years ago. The BHS is well-recognised and worldwide known.”

The approvals scheme also continues to grow in Singapore, with Gallop Stable Singapore PTE Ltd joins the Singapore Polo Club as BHS-approved.

The Society’s Inspector said: “This is a public riding school located in the old Jockey Club Stable yard. Any stable blocks not used by the equestrian centre are sub leased for other activities that complement the equestrian centre under the trading name of “Horsecity”, which is quite unique in my experience.”

Mrs Shanker from the centre said: “Gallop Stable has always worked towards becoming one of the best recognised public riding centres in Singapore and the Asia region. With that in mind, the BHS was chosen as their professional body based on their prestigious quality and world wide recognition.”

She continued: “The BHS Inspector was diligent and a sure professional in carrying out his duties to see us through BHS certification. With the BHS accreditation now in place, Gallop Stable is in line to achieve its goals.”

BHS-approved centres have horse and pony welfare as a priority along with client safety and satisfaction. To uphold the scheme’s standards and ensure quality teaching, regular inspections of approved centres are organised for a client’s peace of mind. The scheme, which includes more than 1,000 riding centres and livery yards in the United Kingdom, is becoming increasingly popular overseas.

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