The British Horse Society’s Hampshire committee held a fantastic training day for BHS Assistant Instructors aiming at the next rung of the ladder, the BHS Intermediate Instructor qualification, culminating in bursary awards being made to three candidates towards their further training.
Jo Winfield FBHS presented the day, held at Wellington Riding, taking the candidates through the IT exam syllabus and guiding them through several coaching sessions using some excellent demonstration riders and horses provided by the centre. Jo, along with BHS Hampshire representative Alison Russell and BHS Regional Manager Hannah Marsh, assessed the candidates throughout the day, and were unanimous in awarding the top prize - the IT exam fee plus £200 towards training - to Charlotte Wheeler. Runner up prizes of £100 each towards training were given to Sharon Kilminster and Heather Lewis.
A delighted Charlotte said "I thoroughly enjoyed the days' training with Jo Winfield. It has inspired me to keep learning and improve my coaching. I found after I achieved the BHSAI, I got really comfortable at that level and when I looked at the IT syllabus it worried me. Now I feel like someone believes I can go for the IT and my stage 4 and continue to progress my development. Thank you very much to the BHS Hampshire committee for supporting the bursary, and to Jo Winfield for a hugely informative training day."
The BHS Hampshire bursary has been run in many previous years, and is aimed at those wishing to progress beyond the BHSAI. Committee member Alison Russell explains "We feel it is important to develop instructors on towards the BHSI, and by offering the bursary towards the IT exam it helps encourage instructors to take that next step. Previous recipients include Alec Miles, who has since gone on to gain his BHSI, set up his own BHS Approved establishment, and is working towards the prestigious Fellowship exam.
Charlie Samuel-Camps is another success story, having achieved her BHSII and spent five years managing one of the largest BHS Approved riding schools in the south before recently taking the decision to become a freelance instructor and is already in huge demand. It's excellent to be able to follow the careers of our bursary winners, and we look forward to seeing Charlotte, Sharon and Heather progress."