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Senior Dressage Coach

BHSQ Level 4 Senior Dressage Coach (Stage 4) celebrates your development in coaching both horses and riders in the equestrian industry with considerable knowledge of care and management, riding and coaching.

  • Last reviewed: 4th August 2022
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BHSQ Level 4 Senior Dressage Coach (Stage 4)

This career certificate demonstrates your experience and skills to independently train and coach individuals and groups of riders, working with riders on their own horses or on centre horses, with sound practical business knowledge and the ability to take responsibility for an equestrian establishment or work as an effective freelance coach.

BHSQ Level 4 Senior Dressage Coach (Stage 4), will showcase appropriate coaching styles to develop riders and train horses to British Dressage Elementary.

Who is this certificate for?

  • Anyone looking to advance their coaching career to coach at higher levels in one of the world-leading equestrian coaching pathways
  • Anyone looking to take a senior role or management role within an equestrian business
  • Anyone aspiring to become a Performance Dressage Coach (BHSI)

Entry requirements

Compulsory units

Unit 1: Stage 4 Senior Care

On completion of the unit, you will:

  • Be able to select, fit and evaluate a range of specialist tack 
  • Understand the principles of nutrition, fittening and horse physiology 
  • Demonstrate how to assess the conformation and health of horses 
  • Understand how to care for different groups of horses 
  • Understand the foaling process and the care of mares, foals and young stock

Read more about Unit 1: Stage 4 Senior Care here.

Unit 2: Stage 4 Senior Management

On completion of the unit, you will: 

  • Understand the importance of customer care and how to apply this in your business 
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills 
  • Understand the responsibilities of a yard manager, including managing staff, accounts and record keeping 
  • Understand how to manage a yard, including marketing, facilities and grassland management

Read more about Unit 2: Stage 4 Senior Management here.

Unit 3: Stage 4 Senior Lunge

On completion of the unit, you will: 

  • Be able to identify the age, temperament and fitness of the horse you are working with and assess its way of going in all three paces 
  • Be able to show improvement in the horse’s way of going and be confident to alter and use equipment as needed including lungeing over poles 
  • Discuss the impact of the lunge work and suggest a progression plan for the horse 
  • Evaluate the use of training aids for lungeing

Read more about Unit 3: Stage 4 Senior Lunge here.

Unit 8: Stage 4 Senior Coaching Dressage

On completion of the unit, you will be able to: 

  • Use your broad experience in the industry of teaching a wide variety of clients 
  • Coach a rider on the lunge to improve their position 
  • Coach individual, semi-private and group lessons on the flat and using ground poles 
  • Show an understanding of relevant coaching techniques and motivation for clients, and the ability to assess the horse and rider combination 
  • Show competence in these sessions coaching up to British Dressage Elementary Level

Read more about Unit 8: Stage 4 Senior Coaching Dressage here.

Additional units

Add one of the following riding units:

Unit 4: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Eventing

On completion of the unit, you will: 

  • Understand the training of horses from birth to riding away and further to competition at Elementary level 
  • Understand how to train horses to show jump to 1.10m and novice horse trials 
  • Be able to prepare for, ride and assess horses to develop their way of going, including: 
    • Inexperienced horses 
    • Trained horses up to Elementary level to develop their way of going 
    • Trained horses over a course of show jumps up to 1.10 metres/3 feet 7 inches 
    • Trained horses over a cross country course up to 1 metre/3 feet 3 inches 

Unit 4: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Eventing includes riding all phases of eventing; dressage, show jumping and cross country. We are pleased to offer dressage or show jumping only routes for those that are discipline specific riders and/or coaches.  

Read more about Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Eventing.

Unit 5: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Dressage

On completion of the unit, you will: 

  • Understand the training of horses from birth to riding away and further to competition 
  • Understand how to train horses for dressage from Intro to Elementary 
  • Be able to prepare for, ride and assess horses to develop their way of going, including: 
    • Inexperienced dressage horses 
    • Trained dressage horses in a double bridle 
    • Horses used to train others 

Unit 5: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Dressage is designed for riders who want to focus on dressage and is included in the Dressage Pathway. We are pleased to also offer show jumping or complete/eventing routes for riders and coaches. 

Read more about Unit 5: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Dressage.

Training for this assessment

All applicants are encouraged to undertake practical training at a BHS Approved Centre or with a BHS Accredited Professional Coach to ensure you are ready for your assessment.

Booking your assessment

To book your assessment, please find an upcoming assessment date near you and then contact the BHS Education team to book your place.

You can find out more information about booking your assessment here.

Re-sitting your assessment

If you have been unsuccessful on your first assessment, we encourage you to call us to book a re-sit.

Of course, we will also answer any questions you may have and provide you with feedback at this stage. You may have been successful against some, but not all of the assessment criteria, in which case we can just assess you on the sections on which you were not so strong.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. Alternatively you can call us on 02476 840508.

Career pathway:

Coaching (Dressage) Pathway

1
  • Stage 1

Complete Horsemanship

Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship provides an industry recognised foundation of practical knowledge in riding, care and stable management to progress through any career pathway.

2
  • Stage 2

Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship

BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 2) provides a foundation in equine care and management, lungeing, riding on the flat and over fences and the initial principles of teaching and coaching.

3
  • Stage 3

Coach - Dressage Ride

BHSQ Level 3 Coach - Dressage Ride (Stage 3) demonstrates your ability to work in the industry as a coach, inspiring others through your modern teaching methods with a sound knowledge base to support your coaching.

4
  • Stage 4

Senior Dressage Coach

BHSQ Level 4 Senior Dressage Coach (Stage 4) celebrates your development in coaching both horses and riders in the equestrian industry with considerable knowledge of care and management, riding and coaching.