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Become a ride leader

A professional in this career will require broad equestrian knowledge and practical ability to not only look after the horses on a day-to-day basis but also when out on a ride which could include breaks and overnight stops.

Become A Ride Leader Become A Ride Leader

The BHS Ride Leader Pathway

The BHS Ride Leader Pathway supports those working in a commercial equestrian centre.

Whether you assist or lead out hacks in a riding centre or lead longer treks and trails within an equestrian tourism centre, you can gain the necessary skills and confidence. There will also be opportunities to progress your career to a yard manager or run your own commercial centre.

Career pathway:

Ride Leader 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

Ride Leader

BHS Stage 2 Ride Leader is for anyone looking to work at a commercial centre. If you have responsibility for taking out rides, hacks, treks or trails this career certificate ensures you have the foundation skills to work in the industry. 

  • Stage 3

Trail Leader

Stage 3 Trail Leader provides a benchmark within the equine industry for those who would like to work in a commercial equestrian environment.

  • 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.

Who is the Ride Leader pathway for?

  • Anyone who wants to combine their passion for horses with travel and adventure
  • Anyone who loves riding; you will have long hours in the saddle 
  • Entry level and experienced riding centre staff looking to develop their skills in leading hacks
  • Anyone looking to manage a commercial equestrian business

Career Opportunities: Equestrian Tourism

The BHS Ride Leader Pathway is an industry recognised career route for anyone wishing to pursue a career in equestrian tourism. You will learn a variety of skills and a wealth of knowledge to support your chosen career, including horse husbandry, identification and handling skills, grooming and tacking up, horse health and nutrition, organising escorted rides, horse riding skills for escorting clients and customer service.

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Equestrian Tourism

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