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Senior Trail Yard Manager (Stage 4)

BHS Stage 4 Senior Trail Yard Manager is for those looking to move into a management position in the equestrian industry. You may aspire to run a riding centre or trekking centre.

  • Last reviewed: 4th August 2022
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BHS Stage 4 Senior Trail Yard Manager

This career certificate demonstrates your ability to independently manage an equestrian business, working alone and unsupervised. BHS Stage 4 Senior Trail Yard Manager builds on the responsibilities of a BHS Stage 3 Trail Leader and helps you to develop a greater understanding of business management, including health and safety legislation, yard and grassland maintenance. To achieve this, you will need considerable practical experience and knowledge.  

Who is this certificate for?

  • Anyone looking to become a BHS Stage 4 Senior Trail Yard Manager or manage an equestrian business

Entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • BHS Stage 3 Care, BHS Stage 3 Riding Out or BHSQ/BHS equivalent
  • BHS Gold member – Membership discounts apply for students who are training for or taking BHS qualifications

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.

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:

Ride Leader 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

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. 

3
  • 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.

4
  • Stage 4

Senior Trail Yard Manager

BHS Stage 4 Senior Trail Yard Manager is for those looking to move into a management position in the equestrian industry. You may aspire to run a riding centre or trekking centre.