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Groom with Riding - Jump

BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding - Jump (Stage 3) demonstrates the skills to maintain a horse’s training and ride up to a height of one metre for show jumping and 90 centimetres for cross-country.

  • Last reviewed: 4th August 2022
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BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding - Jump (Stage 3)

Whether you are looking to become a work rider or to compete and ride professionally, this career certificate demonstrates you have the knowledge and skills to support a jump specific riding career pathway.

This certificate provides the first opportunity within our Career Pathway to choose a discipline specific route and it celebrates your skills as a competent jump rider in the industry. You will have the skills and knowledge to independently ride a variety of horses over fences as well as to look after and turn out the horses in your care.

Employment as a work rider will allow you to work in a school environment as directed by a trainer, or to ride independently to enhance the role of a groom by assisting with the fitness of horses and their preparation for show jumping or hunter trials competition.

Who is this certificate for?

  • Anyone looking to progress as a groom that can offer jump schooling
  • Anyone looking to progress as an independent jump rider
  • Anyone looking to specialise in show jumping or hunter trials and become a Stage 3 jump rider

Entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 16 years
  • BHS/BHSQ Stage 2 Care (Unit 1: Stage 2 Care), BHS/BHSQ Stage 2 Lunge (Unit 2: Stage 2 Lunge) and BHS/BHSQ Stage 2 Ride (Unit 3: BHS Stage 2 Ride)
  • BHS Gold member – Membership discounts apply for learners who are training for or taking BHS qualifications

Units

Unit 1: Stage 3 Care

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Be assessed on your knowledge to manage day-to-day activity, care and welfare of horses under your responsibility, with an established awareness of current legislation for working within a stable yard environment
  • Show competence in understanding equine behaviour, physiology and measuring vital health signs 
  • Be assessed on recognising and treating common conditions and nutritional requirements of the horse, including assessment of condition and measurement of nutrition alongside fittening of the horse 
  • Be practically assessed on how to fit tack for both flatwork and jumping, in addition to the use of studs

Read more about Unit 1: Stage 3 Care here.

Unit 2: Stage 3 Lunge

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Be assessed on handling tack and equipment, which will include a bridle, saddle, side reins, cavesson, lunge line and whip 
  • Be able to assess the horse and discuss its way of going, suggesting and demonstrating exercises to help the horse reach its potential 
  • Apply aids that are suitable to the horse’s status and reactivity

Read more about Unit 2: Stage 3 Lunge here.

Unit 4: Stage 3 Ride Jump

On completion of the unit, you will: 

  • Have an understanding of the scale of training with jumping and be able to apply this knowledge 
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the horse’s performance, evaluate its way of going and determine an approach to maintain this way of going. You will be assessed on your ability to deliver aids to benefit the horse while taking account of forward movement, rhythm, bend and a working outline 
  • Be confident working over showjumps and cross-country fences. Showjumps may be up to one metre and cross country jumps up to 90 centimetres, showing a balanced seat when jumping single fences and related fences leading to a course of jumps

Read more about Unit 4: Stage 3 Ride Jump.

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:

Groom with Riding Show Jumping 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 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.

3
  • Stage 3

Groom with Riding - Jump

BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding - Jump (Stage 3) demonstrates the skills to maintain a horse’s training and ride up to a height of one metre for show jumping and 90 centimetres for cross-country.

4
  • Stage 4

Senior Yard Manager with Riding - Show Jumping

BHSQ Level 4 Senior Yard Manager with Riding (Stage 4) (Show Jumping Pathway) is for those with an established career in the equestrian industry. This demonstrates competence to take responsibility for a horse’s show jumping training and development.