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Professional training for your BHS qualifications will support you as you develop your skills and knowledge, open the door for opportunities and set you on the right path for success.

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The BHS recommends practical hands-on training with an Accredited Professional or at one of our Approved Centres if you are training towards BHS qualifications or Challenge Awards. You can arrange your own training alongside attending courses or events listed below. We encourage you to gain experience working with and riding different types of horses as you progress your skills and confidence.

When discussing your training needs with a coach or centre, ask about the qualifications they hold so you know if they’re eligible to complete your Skills Record if needed.

You can add variety to your training with self-study by viewing our Career Pathways Training Guides and our ‘how to…’ video series, as well as reading our horse health and welfare advice and our ‘Complete Horsemanship’ books that accompany our Career Pathway qualifications. You will also find recommended reading lists on the specific unit page of each assessment.

Don’t forget, the BHS Career Transition Fund is available to support your training towards Stage 2 and Stage 3 qualifications. View our funding and support page to discover other sources of funding that may be available.

The training advertised below, unless specified, is delivered by external providers. The BHS is not responsible for the content of the training. There may also be one-off events organised by BHS Regional Committees - see our local event listings.

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You will find listings of pre-set courses available for you to book directly with the event organiser. 

Challenge Awards and Ride Safe

 

Ride Safe Silver Challenge Award Training - 1 Day (various dates available)

Hemps Green Equestrian Limited, Colchester, CO6 2AP 

5th August, 7th October, 4th December 2024

£115
10am - 4pm with 1 hours lunch
BHS membership number required

Bookings can be made at: https://hempsgreen.ecpro.co.uk You will find under Activity Courses

hempsgreenequestrian@gmail.com

 

Ride Safe Training and Award Day

Margaret Haes Riding Centre, Bury, BL8 4NX 

26th July, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Coach is Alison Whittaker-Stewart , BHS APC Ride Safe Trainer

Max rider weight 12st

To book: admin.ride@mhrc.co.uk 

 

Ride Safe Silver Challenge Award Course

Berkshire Riding Centre, Windsor, SL4 4TN

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm for 3 weeks starting 10th August

£100 for the course

To book contact:info@brc.uk.com
01344 884992 

 

Ride Safe Silver Challenge Award Course

Berkshire Riding Centre, Windsor, SL4 4TN

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm for 3 weeks starting 12th October

£100 for the course

To book contact:info@brc.uk.com
01344 884992 

 

Ride Safe Silver Challenge Award Course

Berkshire Riding Centre, Windsor, SL4 4TN

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm for 3 weeks starting 12th December

£100 for the course

To book contact:info@brc.uk.com
01344 884992 

Stage 1

Stage 1 Training Camp and Stage 1 Assessment

Hemps Green Equestrian Limited, Colchester, CO6 2AP

15 and 16 July 2024

This course is for those wishing to take their Stage 1 Assessment. Day 1 will be training and preparation. Day 2 will be a recap and taking your Stage 1 Assessment

Bookings can be made at https://hempsgreen.ecpro.co.uk under events


Any queries please contact hempsgreenequestrian@gmail.com

 

Stage 1 Ride and Care Training

Margaret Haes Riding Centre, Bury, BL8 4NX 

30 July, 1, 13, 20, 27 and 29 August, 11am to 2pm

Led by Gwen Mitchell, BHS APC Stage 3 Complete, Stage 4 Care and Management and Ride Safe Trainer

Assessment will take place on site on 30 August 2024

Max rider weight 12st

To book: admin.ride@mhrc.co.uk

 

Stage 1 Care Course

Howden Equestrian, Goole, DN14 7ND

Friday 13th September at 6pm for 6 weeks 

Run by Jenna Whitaker BHS Stage 4 Senior Yard Manager

www.howdenequestrian.co.uk

howdenequestrian@gmail.com

 

Stage 1-3 full time training course

Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co Limerick, Ireland

Monday to Friday throughout the academic year starting September 2024

9am – 1pm

Coach – Sue Foley & Carol Spain

Fee - €350 per week

Accommodation available on site

Contact info@clonshire.com

 

Stage 1 and 2 training (transition year)

Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co Limerick, Ireland

Fridays weekly during term time

Coach – Sue Foley

Fee - €70 per session

Contact info@clonshire.com

Stage 2

Stage 2 Care Training

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

Every Tuesday morning 09:30 - 11:30

£36.50 (£318 for 10 weeks)

stables@ingestre.com 

 

Stage 2 Care and Lunge Training

Margaret Haes Riding Centre, Bury, BL8 4NX

4 days on site and 4 Zoom sessions

Evening Zoom sessions (2 hours) 26 June, 3 July 10 July and 17 July

On site at Margaret Haes Riding Centre 22 to 25 July 2024, full days, 6 hours each day

Intensive training for BHS Stage 2 Care and Lunge with Becky Cooper BHS Assessor and BHSI Performance Coach

32 hours of training

Miniumum age 14

If booking the BHS 2 Care and Lunge Assessment, BHS Stage 1 Care or equivalent is required

Cost is £450 per person

To book please contact:

debra@mhrc.co.uk

 

Stage 2 Care Course

Howden Equestrian, Goole, DN14 7ND

Thursday 5th September at 6pm for 6 weeks 

Run by Jenna Whitaker BHS Stage 4 Senior Yard Manager

www.howdenequestrian.co.uk

howdenequestrian@gmail.com

 

Stage 1-3 full time training course

Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co Limerick, Ireland

Monday to Friday throughout the academic year starting September 2024

9am – 1pm

Coach – Sue Foley & Carol Spain

Fee - €350 per week

Accommodation available on site

Contact info@clonshire.com

 

Stage 1 and 2 training (transition year)

Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co Limerick, Ireland

Fridays weekly during term time

Coach – Sue Foley

Fee - €70 per session

Contact info@clonshire.com

 

2 Day Training Camp for Stage 2

Hemps Green Equestrian Limited, Colchester, CO6 2AP

30 and 31 October 2024

2 days training camp for those preparing for their BHS Stage 2 Assessment

The cost is £150 per day

Bookings can be made at https://hempsgreen.ecpro.co.uk under events

Any queries please contact hempsgreenequestrian@gmail.com

Stage 2 Coach
Stage 2 & 3 Coach Taster Day

Laurel View Equestrian Centre, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

Wednesday 3rd July, 9:30am - 4pm

Led by Dan Spencer BHSI, BHS Assessor, this is an opportunity to find out what is involved in these qualifications.
There will be some opportunities to be practically involved on the day and do some coaching, as well as to observe and discuss all aspects of the Stage 2 & Stage 3 Coaching assessments.
The day is part funded by the BHS Career Transition Fund and will cost £25 to attend.
Coaching the Everyday Rider
Talland School of Equitation, Cirencester GL7 5FD
Tuesday 9th July, 9:30am - 4pm

Led by Dan Spencer, BHSI and BHS Assessor.

This day is aimed at both experienced coaches and people considering a career in coaching. It will also be particularly beneficial to anyone looking to gain their BHS coaching qualifications or those who are currently training candidates.

The day will cover both flatwork and jump coaching, looking at riders from beginner to BD Novice level and up to 80cm jumping.

6 CPD points for BHS Accredited Professional Coaches.

To book: https://buytickets.at/bhscareertransitionfund/1268356 

Stage 2 Coach Training Camp
7th - 8th August, Hemps Green Equestrian Centre, Essex, CO6 2AP
2 consecutive days which can be booked individually for those working towards their BHS Stage 2 Coach assessment.
Stage 2 Coach Training
Sunday 18 August 2024
Avon Riding Centre, Bristol, BS10 7QT
More information

Stage 2 Coach at Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co Limerick, Ireland

Wednesday mornings weekly throughout the academic year. 9.30am-1pm. Or full-time weekly

Fee: €80 per session / €350 per week (accommodation available on site)

Coach: Sue Foley

Contact: info@clonshire.com

 

Stage 2 Coach Training

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

Every Thursday morning 09:30 - 11:30

£48 (£435 for 10 weeks)

stables@ingestre.com 

 

Stage 2 Coach Training Camp
9th - 10th October, Hemps Green Equestrian Centre, Essex, CO6 2AP
2 consecutive days which can be booked individually for those working towards their BHS Stage 2 Coach assessment.
Stage 3

Stage 3 Training Camp

27th - 29th August, Hemps Green Equestrian Centre, Essex, CO6 2AP
3 consecutive days which can be booked individually for those working towards their BHS Stage 3 assessment.

 

Stage 3 Care Training

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

Every Tuesday morning 09:30 - 11:30

£44.00 (£377 for 10 weeks) 

stables@ingestre.com 

 

Stage 3 full time training course at Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co Limerick, Ireland

Monday to Friday throughout the academic year. 9am-1pm.

Fee: €300 per week. Accommodation available on site

Coach: Sue Foley and Carol Spain

Contact: info@clonshire.com

Stage 3 Coach
Coaching the Everyday Rider
Talland School of Equitation, Cirencester GL7 5FD
Tuesday 9th July, 9:30am - 4pm

Led by Dan Spencer, BHSI and BHS Assessor.

This day is aimed at both experienced coaches and people considering a career in coaching. It will also be particularly beneficial to anyone looking to gain their BHS coaching qualifications or those who are currently training candidates.

The day will cover both flatwork and jump coaching, looking at riders from beginner to BD Novice level and up to 80cm jumping.

6 CPD points for BHS Accredited Professional Coaches.

To book: https://buytickets.at/bhscareertransitionfund/1268356 

Stage 2 & 3 Coach Taster Day

Laurel View Equestrian Centre, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

Wednesday 3rd July, 9:30am - 4pm

Led by Dan Spencer BHSI, BHS Assessor, this is an opportunity to find out what is involved in these qualifications.
There will be some opportunities to be practically involved on the day and do some coaching, as well as to observe and discuss all aspects of the Stage 2 & Stage 3 Coaching assessments.
The day is part funded by the BHS Career Transition Fund and will cost £25 to attend.

Stage 3 Coach Training
Sunday 18 August 2024
Avon Riding Centre, Bristol, BS10 7QT
More information

 

Stage 3 Coach Training Camp
1st - 3rd October, Hemps Green Equestrian Centre, Essex, CO6 2AP
3 consecutive days which can be booked individually for those working towards their BHS Stage 3 Coach assessment.

 

Stage 3 Coach Training

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

Every Wednesday morning 09:30 - 11:30

£58 (£525 for 10 weeks)

stables@ingestre.com 

Stage 4

Many of our Continual Professional Development events are suitable for supporting your training towards Stage 4 qualifications. Other events are listed below.

 

Stage 4 Coach Training
Monday 19 August 2024
Avon Riding Centre, Bristol, BS10 7QT
More Information

 

Stage 4 Training Camp
3rd - 5th September, Hemps Green Equestrian Centre, Essex, CO6 2AP
3 consecutive days which can be booked individually for those working towards their BHS Stage 4 assessment.

 

Stage 4 Coach Training
Monday 11 November 2024
Avon Riding Centre, Bristol, BS10 7QT
More Information

 

Stage 4 Care Training

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

Every Thursday morning 09:30 - 11:30

09:30 – 11:30

£55.50 (£485 for 10 weeks)

stables@ingestre.com 

 

Stage 4 Coach Training

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

Every Wednesday morning 09:30 - 11:30

09:30 – 11:30 

£68 (£615 for 10 weeks)

stables@ingestre.com 

Performance BHSI

Many of our Continual Professional Development events are suitable for supporting your training towards Performance BHSI qualifications. 

 

Performance (BHSI) CoachTraining Days

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

  • 19th June
  • 17th July
  • 14th August,
  • 4th September
  • 16th October
  • 20th November

£155 per day
£290 per 2 days paid in advance
£420 per 3 days paid in advance
£540 per 4 days paid in advance

For more information or to book contact stables@ingestre.com

 

Performance (BHSI) Ride & Long Rein Training Days

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

  • 20th June
  • 18th July
  • 15th August
  • 5th September
  • 17th October
  • 21st November

£175 per day
£330 per 2 days paid in advance
£480 per 3 days paid in advance
£620 per 4 days paid in advance

For more information or to book contact stables@ingestre.com

 

Performance (BHSI) Care and Management Training Days

Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire, ST18 0RE

  • 27th June
  • 1st August
  • 29th August
  • 3rd October
  • 7th November

£150 per day
£280 per 2 days paid in advance
£405 per 3 days paid in advance
£520 per 4 days paid in advance

For more information or to book contact stables@ingestre.com

 

Performance (BHSI) Coach Training
Monday 19 August 2024
Avon Riding Centre, Bristol, BS10 7QT
More Information

Performance (BHSI) Coach Training
Monday 11 November 2024
Avon Riding Centre, Bristol, BS10 7QT
More Information

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