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Become a BHS Fellow

The BHS Fellowship is the ultimate aspiration for any coach and is recognised as the highest equestrian qualification in the world.

  • Last reviewed: 1st August 2022
Become A BHS Fellow Become A BHS Fellow

An expert in equitation and horsemanship, BHS Fellows are renowned throughout the global equine industry as an ambassador for the equestrian profession and a thought leader in the sector. 

Held by fewer than 80 people, including Carl Hester MBE, Ian Stark OBE, Yogi Breisner MBE, Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE, William Micklem and Ferdi Eilberg.  

A Fellow is often the person that people go to for advice, knowledge, expertise and support during their career – as a Fellow you will be an inspiration for many. A Fellow is an admired trainer of horses and riders from grass roots level up to world class competition riders.  

You will lead others and most importantly, use your enthusiasm to share your knowledge and inspire and influence the next generation of coaches to continue the legacy you will have established. 

To gain the Fellowship, you will have a commitment to equine welfare and the continued development of training practices, both for horses and riders, continuously researching and developing your skills – a Fellow does not stand still! 

If you think you have the skills, knowledge and passion to become a BHS Fellow we encourage you to find an existing Fellow to mentor you through the process. If you do not know any Fellows in your area, please contact the BHS Education team and we will help put you in touch.

Hear from our Fellows 

Sam York, BHS Fellow 

“You can change lives through coaching, and I have been lucky enough to witness it. I hope that it inspires others to believe that this journey through the BHS system is one that changes lives, and that anyone who dedicates themselves to the mission and works hard can achieve their ambitions and dreams. I hope I can do a lot more in the future.”

Becoming a Fellow

We offer the option to join the BHS Fellowship covering all three Olympic disciplines, or you may opt to specialise. The requirements for each option are detailed below.

Fellowship – General
  • Coach Dressage to Prix St George 
  • Coach Show jumping to 1.25 metres 
  • Coach Eventing to CCI 2* 
  • Show a clear understanding of the pathways to the next level 
  • Train and develop coaches to BHS Performance Coach BHSI 
  • Download the assessment criteria for further details 
Fellowship - Dressage
  • Candidates will coach confidently to Grand Prix with a clear understanding of the pathway to develop towards championships and team selection
  • Download the assessment criteria for further details 
Fellowship - Show Jumping
  • Candidates will coach confidently to 1.45 metres with a clear understanding of the pathway to develop towards championships and team selection
  •  Download the assessment criteria for further details
Fellowship - Eventing
  • Candidates will coach confidently to 4* with a clear understanding of the pathway to develop towards championships and team selection

  • Download the assessment criteria for further details

Application Process

The application is a two-step process. First, we ask you to submit a CV by email to jenny.wall@bhs.org.uk detailing your experience, qualifications, competition and work history. 

CVs are assessed by a panel of Fellows against the following criteria: 

  • Competition experience 
  • Teaching/coaching experience 
  • Presenting experience 
  • Previous and present occupations 
  • Equestrian qualifications 
  • Academic qualifications 
  • Experience developing/training horses 
  • Evidence developing riders 
  • Current training undertaken by candidate 

If your CV is accepted you will be invited to apply for the assessment which takes place across two days. Candidates will be assessed on coaching skills, practical demonstrations, theoretical knowledge, stable management and the history of equitation.  

If you do not feel ready to continue your application forward to the practical assessment, your CV may be held on file for up to five years.