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Stage 2 - Ride

Unit 3: Stage 2 Ride will assess your competence in riding individually in an arena with others. You will be assessed on the flat and over fences (up to 75cm) demonstrating your ability to ride with balance and security setting a foundation for future progress.

  • Last reviewed: 29th March 2023
BHS Stage 2 - Ride BHS Stage 2 - Ride

What’s covered in the unit?

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the need to respect other users while applying aids to work the horse
  • Be confident riding outside in an open space, jumping single fences and a small course of 75 centimetres
  • Be starting to evaluate your own riding and the way the horse goes both in flatwork and jumping
What will you be assessed on?
  • Understanding how to ride a horse 
  • Be able to ride horses in an arena 
  • Be able to ride horses over show jumps

To review the learning outcomes in more detail: download the qualification specification

How will you be assessed?

Up to two-hours criteria-based assessment.

Entry Requirements
Skills Record

Supporting you at every stage, your Skills Record allows you to record your achievements and progression through your career, with pre-assessment sign off criteria and coach endorsements required for career pathways. 

Pre-assessment criteria and coach endorsement for this assessment include: 

  • Ready for assessment form completed – compulsory 
  • Skill: riding in an open space – compulsory

The above must be completed by a BHS Accredited Professional Coach or Coaches in a BHS Approved Centre.

Awarding body

BHS Qualifications (BHSQ) is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, SQA Accreditation in Scotland, Qualifications Wales (QW) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. BHSQ works in partnership with a variety of organisations to develop and award qualifications for the equestrian industry. This ensures BHSQ qualifications are fit for purpose for the sector.

As the awarding organisation, BHSQ is responsible for the processes which learners undertake to obtain certification. BHSQ is responsible for verifying that assessment practice in approved centres is conducted systematically, effectively, securely and to national standards specified within the qualification.

The British Horse Society (BHS) is approved as a centre to deliver qualifications regulated by BHSQ. BHSQ and the BHS developed these qualifications in line with feedback received from extensive industry consultation.

Learners taking BHSQ Level 2 (Stage 2) qualifications will either be seeking employment in the industry or employed and seeking career advancement. It is essential these qualifications meet the needs of employers and learners. To satisfy these requirements, the qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers, colleges, coaches, students, and expert groups.

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