The BHS Groom Pathway
The BHS Groom Pathway supports and celebrates those wishing to pursue a career as a groom, from a foundation groom onwards, with the option to include ‘with riding’ throughout the pathway.
Our Groom and Groom with Riding Pathway will also develop your business management skills which can lead to further career development opportunities including yard manager or business centre manager.
A professional groom requires broad equestrian knowledge and practical ability, including the management and handling of horses, equine health, anatomy, physiology, feeding, fitness, saddlery, shoeing, stable design, grassland management and the highest level of turnout.
- Stage 1
Stage 1 Care is your first step in pursuing a career with horses. Ensuring a level of competence in the care and management of horses within your responsibility, it provides a solid foundation on which you can build your skills to become a groom in the industry.
- Stage 2
BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom (Stage 2) is for anyone looking to begin a career as an assistant groom and those wanting to progress their journey along the BHS Groom Pathway.
- Stage 3
BHSQ Level 3 Groom (Stage 3) is for those working as an independent groom, providing you with the skills to care for a number of horses to the highest industry standards.
- Stage 4
Senior Yard Manager
BHSQ Level 4 Senior Yard Manager (Stage 4) is for those looking to move into a management position in the equestrian industry. You may aspire to run a riding centre or become a senior groom within the sport.
Read our equestrian careers guide
A career in the equestrian industry can be very rewarding and lead to extraordinary experiences. The BHS Groom Pathways offer you the opportunity to progress your career, learning practical, real-world skills within a structured platform. Potential careers include Groom, Riding centre manager, Stud manager, Yard manager and Equestrian business manager. As part of the journey, we’re here to guide, advise and support you through every stage of your development.
The BHS Groom with Riding Pathway
Many grooms will be expected to be able to ride. The BHS Groom with Riding Pathway provides the practical riding skills and knowledge to support a rider or groom that has responsibility to care for, produce, train and exercise horses.
Groom with riding pathway
- Stage 1
Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship provides an industry recognised foundation of practical knowledge in riding, care and stable management to progress through any career pathway.
- Stage 2
Foundation Groom with Riding
BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom with Riding (Stage 2) is for anyone looking to start their career as a groom and rider in the industry.
- Stage 3
Groom with riding
BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding - Complete (Stage 3) is for those looking for a role as a professional rider offering employers the skills to care for, ride and train horses across all three disciplines at a basic level, with horse welfare at the heart of your riding.
- Stage 4
Senior Yard Manager with Riding
BHSQ Level 4 Senior Yard Manager with Riding (Stage 4) is for those with an established career in the equestrian industry. The qualification demonstrates a competence to take responsibility for a horse’s training, development and management.
Dressage and Show Jumping Pathways
We understand that not all riders wish to pursue a professional riding career within all disciplines. Perhaps you would like to follow our jump or dressage specific routes?
Groom with Riding Pathway (Dressage)
BHS Groom with Riding Pathway (Dressage) will develop your flatwork and support a career as a dressage rider.
Groom with Riding Pathway (Show Jumping)
BHS Groom with Riding Pathway (Show Jumping) will develop your jump work and support a career focussed on showjumping.