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First aid courses

The British Horse Society First Aid courses are an essential course for anyone handling and riding horses, providing practical guidance on first aid procedures should you be at the scene of an accident.

  • Last reviewed: 11th July 2024
First Aid Horse Riding Course First Aid Horse Riding Course

Accidents and injuries can happen at anytime, anywhere, for any number of reasons, making our First Aid course essential for any professional working with horses.

Following a BHS Two-Day Initial First Aid Course, you can keep your training up-to-date with our handy BHS One-Day Refresher First Aid Course.

You will:

  • Gain a basic overview of first aid procedures
  • Learn how to administer first aid
  • Learn what to do if you are first on the scene of an accident
  • Learn essential help to provide until a professional arrives

First Aid (England, Wales and Scotland): 

There are plenty of course dates available, please ensure you complete a refresher course within 30 days from your previous certificate expiry. Failure to do so will to do so will mean you must complete the Initial First Aid course.

Northern Ireland and Ireland: 

Please see further down the available initial and refresher courses. If you have any queries please contact Susan Spratt at susan.spratt@bhs.org.uk, 02842 788681 or 07808 141079.

BHS Two-Day Initial First Aid Course

  • For anyone with no first aid training, or whose qualification has lapsed
  • On completion, you will receive an e-certificate of achievement, valid for two years.

BHS One-Day Refresher First Aid Course

  • For anyone who has previously been awarded the BHS Two-Day Initial First Aid Course certificate to update your skills and knowledge
  • For anyone who has previously been awarded the HSE First Aid at Work certificate 
  • If your first aid has already lapsed, you can book onto this course within 30 days from your previous certificate expiry date. 

Other First Aid Courses Accepted by the BHS

  • HSE First Aid at Work certificates can be accepted (Three- or four-day courses only).
  • Ofqual Accredited Level 3 certificate (Three day courses only). 
  • First Aid Response Exam run under the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) 

First Aid Training Course Dates

To book the BHS One-Day Refresher First Aid Course, please provide evidence of previous attendance at a first aid at work or BHS first aid course. If this qualification has lapsed, you will be asked to attend our two-day BHS First Aid Initial Course.

 

 

Scotland

9th September   Refresher     Albacare, Scotland             Book Here

10th-11th Sep    Initial          Albacare. Scotland            Book Here

24th Sep        Refresher     Fairways Golf Club, Inverness   Book Here

25th-26th Sep     Initial      Fairways Golf Club, Inverness  Book Here  

25th November  Refresher      Albacare, Scotland             Book Here

26th-27th Nov    Initial           Albacare, Scotland       Book Here

Northern Ireland

29th July             Refresher       Laurel View EC             Book Here 

5th August           Refresher       Laurel View EC            Book Here 

2nd September    Refresher        Laurel View EC           Book Here

9th-10th Sep       Initial              Laurel View EC           Book Here

28th October        Refresher        Laurel View EC           Book Here

29th October       Refresher         Laurel View EC           Book Here

2nd-3rd December   Initial           Laurel View EC          Book Here

Republic of Ireland

If you live in the Republic of Ireland you should do the First Aid Responder Course (FAR). This is the equivalent to the First Aid at Work Course in the UK. This course is accepted by the British Horse Society.
This course replaces the old occupational first aid and is three days in duration. You receive a nationally recognised certificate issued by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council which is valid for two years

East Midlands

 

16th-17th July   Initial   Scropton Riding For Disabled      Book Here

4th-5th Sep       Initial         Grove House Stables           Book Here

6th Sep          Refresher      Grove House Stables           Book Here

23rd Sep        Refresher         Acrecliffe EC                    Book Here

24th-25th Sep   Initial            Acrecliffe EC                    Book Here

25th Sep      Refresher   Scropton Riding For Disabled    Book Here 

26th-27th Sep  Initial     Scropton Riding For Disabled     Book Here 

25th Nov      Refresher   Scropton Riding For Disabled     Book Here 

26th-27th Nov   Initial    Scropton Riding For Disabled     Book Here

East of England

15th July            Refresher        Rayne Riding Centre        Book Here

16th-17th July      Initial            Rayne Riding Centre        Book Here

16th-17th Sep     Initial              Rayne Riding Centre       Book Here

16th Sep          Refresher            Fenland EC, Cambs       Book Here

17th-18th Sep    Initial               Fenland EC, Cambs        Book Here

18th Sep           Refresher           Rayne Riding Centre      Book Here

7th-8th October    Initial                 Kimblewick EC           Book Here 

9TH October       Refresher             Kimblewick EC            Book Here

4th November      Refresher           Fenland EC, Cambs      Book Here

5th-6th Nov         Initial                 Fenland EC, Cambs      Book Here

18th-19th Nov      Initial             Rayne Riding Centre       Book here

20th November    Refresher         Rayne Riding Centre      Book Here

11th December     Refresher        Rayne Riding Centre      Book Here

 

 

March 2025:

4th March        Refresher          Valley Farm Equestrian       Book Here                   

London

10th-11th Sep       Initial        The Diamond Centre               Book Here

17th September   Refresher    The Diamond Centre               Book Here

12th November    Refresher    The Diamond Centre               Book Here         

25th-26th Nov       Initial        The Diamond Centre               Book Here

North of England

12th July         Refresher      Happy Hooves Riding Centre  Book Here

16th July          Refresher      Murton Equestrian Centre     Book Here

17th-18th July   Initial           Murton Equestrian Centre    Book Here

29th-30th July    Initial            Carrington Riding Centre   Book Here

31st July         Refresher         Carrington Riding Centre    Book Here 

5th-6th Aug        Initial             East Durham College          Book Here 

7th August       Refresher          East Durham College          Book Here 

2nd-3rd September  Initial      Stepney Bank Stables           Book Here

4th September     Refresher     Stepney Bank Stables          Book Here

21st October     Refresher         East Durham College          Book Here 

22nd-23rd Oct   Initial              East Durham College          Book Here

25th October    Refresher    Murton Equestrian Centre        Book Here

28th-29th Oct     Initial            Carrington Riding Centre     Book Here

30th Oct          Refresher         Carrington Riding Centre      Book Here

4th-5th Nov      Initial              Stepney Bank Stables          Book Here

6th Nov         Refresher           Stepney Bank Stables           Book Here

4th Dec          Refresher           Stepney Bank Stables          Book Here

North West of England

29th-30th July    Initial   Carrington Riding Centre      Book Here

31st July         Refreshers   Carrington Riding Centre   Book Here

28th-29th October  Initial     Carrington Riding Centre  Book Here

30th October    Refresher     Carrington Riding Centre   Book Here

27th November   Refresher    Cheshire Riding School    Book Here

28th-29th Nov       Initial       Cheshire Riding School    Book Here

South of England

8th-9th July       Initial           Wellington Riding  Book Here

10th July        Refresher    Wellington Riding  Book Here

9th-10th Sept     Initial       Quob Stables      Book Here

11th Sept       Refresher      Quob Stables      Book Here

18th Sept      Refresher     Wellington Riding   Book Here 

23rd - 24th Sep    Initial      Inadown Farm   Book Here

25h September   Refresher   Inadown Farm    Book Here

30th Sept-1st Oct   Initial   Wellington Riding  Book Here 

7th-8th October   Initial     Checkendon EC   Book Here

9th October    Refresher    Checkendon EC    Book Here

15th October    Refresher      Quob Stables    Book Here

16th-17th Oct     Initial         Quob Stables     Book Here

11th-12th Nov    Initial     Checkendon EC     Book Here

13th Nov       Refresher    Checkendon EC    Book Here

3rd Dec       Refresher     Quob Stables        Book Here 

South East

 

24th July           Refresher      Nelson Park EC             Book Here

20th August        Refresher      Chichester College       Book Here

9th Sep             Refresher     Merrist Wood College      Book Here 

10th-11th Sep      Initial        Merrist Wood College      Book Here 

28th Oct           Refresher      Merrist Wood College      Book Here

29th-30th Oct      Initial         Merrist Wood College      Book Here 

9th Dec             Refresher      Merrist Wood College      Book Here

South West

17th July               Refresher             Bicton College            Book Here

18th-19th July        Initial                 Bicton College            Book Here

21st August           Refresher          Cannington EC             Book Here

29th August           Refresher         Bicton College              Book Here

27th August          Refresher          Stonar School EC          Book Here   

28th-29th Aug        Initial               Stonar School EC         Book Here 

2nd-3rd September  Initial       BT Academy Riding School   Book Here 

4th September     Refresher     BT Academy Riding School   Book Here 

28th October         Refresher        Stonar School EC            Book Here

29th-30th October   Initial            Stonar School EC            Book Here

4th-5th November   Initial        BT Academy Riding School   Book Here

6th November     Refresher      BT Academy Riding School   Book Here 

Wales

8th July                      Refresher     Smugglers EC               Book Here

9th-10th July                Initial         Smugglers EC               Book Here

19th August              Refresher        Clywd Special RC         Book here    

20th-21st Aug               Initial        Clywd Special RC          Book Here 

9th September        Refresher   Anglesey Riding Centre       Book Here

23rd September       Refresher       Smugglers EC               Book Here

24th-25th Sep          Initial            Smugglers EC               Book Here

21st-22nd October       Initial         Clywd Special RC           Book Here

23rd October           Refresher       Clywd Special RC           Book Here

25th November       Refresher          Smugglers EC             Book Here

26th-27th Nov        Initial               Smugglers EC             Book Here

5th December        Refresher           Smugglers EC            Book Here

West Midlands

6th August           Refresher    Ingestre Stables            Book Here

17th Sep              Refresher       BHS HQ                     Book Here

18th-19thSep         Initial          BHS HQ                    Book Here

25th Nov            Refresher      BHS HQ                       Book Here

26th-27th Nov       Initial          BHS HQ                     Book Here

Yorkshire

15h July           Refresher    Scropton Riding For Disabled   Book Here

16th-17th July        Initial    Scropton Riding For Disabled  Book Here

4th-5th Sep            Initial         Grove House Stables       Book Here

6th Sep               Refresher       Grove House Stables       Book Here

18th-19th Sep       Initial       Friars Hill Riding Stables     Book Here 

23rd Sep              Refresher           Acrecliffe EC              Book Here

24th-25th Sep         Initial              Acrecliffe EC              Book Here

25th Sep            Refresher   Scropton Riding For Disabled Book Here

26th-27th Sep         Initial    Scropton Riding For Disabled Book Here

23rd-24th Oct          Initial            Follifoot Park RC          Book Here

25th Oct               Refresher         Follifoot Park RC           Book Here

25th Nov             Refresher  Scropton Riding For Disabled  Book Here

26th-27th Nov        Initial    Scropton Riding For Disabled   Book Here

Who is this course for?

Anyone working with horses including:

  • Coaches*
  • Grooms and stable managers
  • Professional riders
  • Volunteers
  • Fence judges

*BHS Accredited Professional Coaches are required to keep their first aid qualification up-to-date. This course does not count towards CPD for Accredited Coaches.

Entry Requirements

Minimum age of 16 years old. Attendees between the ages of 14 and 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

When booking the BHS One-Day Refresher First Aid Course, we ask that you provide evidence of previous attendance at a first aid at work or BHS first aid course. If this qualification has lapsed, you will be asked to attend our two-day BHS First Aid Initial Course.

Cost

2023 Course Fees

  • This course is free of charge for BHS Accredited Professional Coaches*
  • BHS Two-Day Initial First Aid Course – £188
  • BHS One-Day Refresher First Aid Course – £117

Please remember if you are a BHS Accredited Professional Coach*, just one of your many benefits is that these courses are included in your membership fees.

*those that take out the full Accredited Professional Coach package

Please make yourself familiar with our booking terms and conditions, if you need to make changes to your booking you may be subject to an additional charge.