What are the differences between the British Horse Society (BHS) qualified coaches and UKCC endorsed qualified coaches?
The BHS Coaching pathway provides and all-round programme of assessments encompassing riding, horse care and management along with teaching and training practices. We believe this combination of qualifications and all-round knowledge develops coaches to put the welfare of the horse at the heart of everything they do. As a result of their breadth of knowledge and skills in care, welfare and management and riding of horses, BHS coaches are qualified to advise and support a rider on any aspect of horsemanship, not just specifically coaching a practical riding lesson. The BHS are introducing discipline specific coaching qualifications from Stage 4 and above for coaches who work in a dressage, show jumping or eventing environment only.
The UKCC endorsed series of qualifications is a standardised approach across many equine disciplines with the focus on coaching practice in the context of equestrianism. There are no requirements for a horse care or riding qualification to be achieved alongside the coaching qualifications, although a level of experiential knowledge is required to register for the qualification. There are generic coaching options available (that cover coaching on the flat and over fences) or a candidate can register with a BEF member body and work towards a discipline specific qualification.