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Learning to ride

Do you enjoy being outside in the fresh air?
Do you have a love of animals?
Are you looking to start a new hobby or meet new people?

If so then horse riding could be for you! It’s an exciting and rewarding sport - from simply learning the basics, the power of jumping, to the thrill of galloping on the beach. The precision of the dressage arena, to a leisurely ride out with friends there is something for everyone. Age is no barrier; many centres can cater for tiny-tots to riders in their 70’s and beyond.

BHS Approved Riding Centres

All riding schools in the UK must have a licence from the Local Authority. In addition, BHS Approved Riding Centres voluntarily agree to go that extra mile to ensure you have the best experience possible. A safeguarding policy is in place, and all staff working with children have the relevant criminal background checks, to ensure children can enjoy their sport in safety. Staff hold qualifications to evidence their knowledge and coaching ability and take pride in the welfare of the horses they care for.


Opportunities available

By learning to ride at a BHS Approved Centre you will not only receive expert tuition in how to ride and care for horses, but a whole host of new opportunities can become available to you.

  • Join our participation project – certificated short courses that help improve your riding and horse care knowledge.
  • Take part in the Riding Schools National Championships – a unique competition where you can show off your skills against other BHS Approved Riding Schools in a bid to be crowned National Champion.
  • Give back to your sport - many riding schools rely on volunteers to help their sessions run, here’s your chance to say thank you and help the next group of riders follow in your footsteps.
  • Gain a career for life or retrain – Our progressive qualification system is world-renowned. Work your way through the stages and the world becomes your oyster.
your first lesson

Health Benefits of Horse Riding

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challenge awards 

 Riding School National Championships

 Safeguarding Children

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