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Careers & recreational awards

Whether you want to gain professional, industry recognised qualifications to spring-board your equine career or you simply want to learn more about horses and improve your skills for personal achievement there’s a programme for you.


From our world-leading Career Pathways for those seeking to progress in an equestrian career, to our Pony Stars awards for under-12s, we have qualifications for equestrians of all ages and abilities.

Recreational awards

We offer a range of exciting recreational riding awards which will develop your confidence, skills and knowledge with all things horsey. Our Pony Stars and Horse Explorers awards are designed specifically for younger riders, but anyone is welcome to give them a go.

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First Pony Guide

Career Pathways

Our world-leading BHS Career Pathways offer you the opportunity to progress your career with horses and learn practical, real-world skills within a structured platform. As part of your journey we’re here to guide, advise and support you through every stage of your development towards getting equine jobs and equine careers in the future.

Information about our assessments

If you’re ready to book your assessment and begin your journey on one of our career pathways then you’ll find links below to everything you’ll need, whether that’s finding an assessment, booking your assessment, or guidance for those who are new to our pathways.

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Continuing professional development

We also offer a selection of CPD awards for equine professionals to help them continue to be the best they can for horses and equestrians alike.

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Continual Professional Develpment

Equestrian careers guide

A career in the equestrian industry can be very rewarding and lead to extraordinary experiences. Whatever your career aspirations; caring for horses, riding professionally or coaching the next generation, there’s a pathway for you.

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