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BHS Approved Riding Schools | Delivering BHS unit assessments during Covid-19

During this time of unprecedented upheaval, the British Horse Society has developed a model of assessment for a selection of Care, Ride and Lunge units. This assessment model has been implemented in order to comply with current government health guidelines and allow assessments to continue without disadvantaging any candidate. The following guidelines will be implemented for the following units until 31 August 2021 or until further notice:

  • Stage 1 Care
  • Stage 1 Ride
  • Unit 1: Stage 2 Care
  • Unit 2: Stage 2 Lunge
  • Unit 1: Stage 3 Care
  • Unit 2: Stage 3 Lunge
  • Unit 1: Stage 4 Senior Care
  • Unit 2: Stage 4 Senior Management
  • Unit 3: Stage 4 Senior Lunge

The model moves the facilitation and organisation of the assessment date, booking of candidate and assessor to the assessor and centre. The candidate will now contact a BHS Approved Riding School appropriate for the level of assessment (referred to in this document as the centre), and the centre will organise an assessor. The candidate pays the assessment fee to the centre (or assessor). Small groups of up to three candidates to one assessor are allowed for Care, Lunge and Stage 1 Ride however relevant National Government guidelines regarding social distancing and travel restrictions must be followed.

Assessment Centre Requirements

One of the significant changes that we have implemented to support our Approved Centres is to revise our assessment centre requirements for delivery of a selection of assessments. We have revised our assessment centre requirements, as follows:

  • Stage 1 Care
    The candidate can be assessed at any BHS Approved Riding School
  • Stage 1 Ride
    The candidate can be assessed at any BHS Approved Riding School
  • Unit 1: Stage 2 Care | Unit 2: Stage 2 Lunge
    The candidate can be assessed at any BHS Approved Riding School
  • Unit 1: Stage 3 Care | Unit 2: Stage 3 Lunge
    The candidate can be assessed at a BHS Approved Training Centre (ATC) that is approved at Stage 3 or above
  • Unit 1: Stage 4 Senior Care | Unit 3: Stage 4 Senior Lunge
    The candidate can be assessed at a BHS assessment centre approved at Stage 4 or above
  • Unit 2: Stage 4 Senior Management
    The candidate will be assessed via video call; an assessment centre is not required


Any centre used for the delivery of an above assessment must have suitable equipment, facilities and horse/s required to deliver the assessment for the group size they choose.

We have produced a Covid-19 Centre Guidance, which provides details of the equipment, facilities and horse/s required for the assessment listed above that can be delivered by Approved Riding Schools and Training Centres. This document is available to download from the BHS Cloud. 

If you are unsure if you can deliver a BHS assessment listed above based on your BHS Approval status, please contact the BHS Education Team before confirming an assessment date with a candidate.

Candidates can be assessed at the centre they are employed at or have trained at, and assessors can be employees or contractors of the centre.

Stage 2 Coaching

Download the Covid-19 update for Stage 2 Coaching. Includes important information regarding the assessment of the lead rein lesson. If you are a Stage 2 Coaching assessment centre, the Education Team have emailed further guidance to the centre contact.

 

Documents you can download to support the delivery of the Care Assessments:


 

 

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