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Performance Centre Manager with Riding

The Performance Centre Manager with Riding will allow you to fulfil a senior strategic management position within an equestrian business, such as an equine college or large equestrian centre.

  • Last reviewed: 5th September 2022
Performance Centre Manager With Riding Performance Centre Manager With Riding

This career certificate demonstrates your ability to lead your business and impart your knowledge to others.  

You will be able to support the training and development of junior staff and career students, in addition to offering advice and guidance to clients on all aspects of horse care and management, riding and training. 

You will also be able to work as a rider and trainer of horses, taking responsibility for their training, development and care for competition, and the breeding and management of young horses. 

This qualification endorses you as an ambassador for the BHS at home and overseas, showing commitment to continued development, and you will hold the BHS values at the heart of all you do as a role model in the industry. 

Entry requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Qualifications: BHS Stage 4 Senior Yard Manager with Riding, or equivalent. If you hold other equestrian industry qualifications and/or significant industry experience, please contact the Education Team or visit our website for further guidance on our Direct Entry procedure. We would like to highlight that Direct Entry is especially encouraged for competition riders and professionals who have significant experience of working in the industry, especially working in large yards.
  • Other: BHS Accredited Professional or BHS Gold Member

Who is this certificate for?

  • Anyone who wants to progress to a senior strategic manager or consultant role within the industry
  • Anyone who runs their own yard, riding centre or equestrian business
  • Anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills in horse care and management becoming a mentor to employees and clients


The Performance Centre Manager with Riding qualification is awarded upon achievement of three sections:

Qualifications Guidelines

Section 1: Care and Welfare

Within this section you will demonstrate your competence and comprehensive knowledge for managing the care and welfare of horses and ponies in a range of situations.

Read more about Section 1: Care and Welfare.

Section 2: Business Management

This section covers essential knowledge and skills required of a manager to run a successful equestrian business with confidence and competence.

Read more about Section 2: Business Management.

Section 3: Training Horses (Lunge and Ride)

This section covers essential knowledge and skills required to train horses.

Read more about Section 3: Training Horses (Lunge and Ride).

Training guidelines

Our training guidelines have been updated during this Covid-19 period:

  • You cannot take Performance Centre Manager with Riding assessments at a centre you currently work in or have worked in in the last 12 months.
  • You cannot take Performance Centre Manager with Riding assessments at a centre that you have regularly trained at in the last six months- a maximum of one days trainings every two month is allowed (please note this has been relaxed to a maximum of one days training every month during the Covid period).

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 pathway

  • 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.

  • 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.