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The BHS Approved Centre Scheme is here for all types of centres. Whether you are a riding school, a livery yard, a competition venue or other type of equestrian centre, we are here to support you whatever your size or offering.

Being a BHS Approved Centre provides horse owners and horse riders with confidence that they have chosen a centre that will provide a welcoming, inclusive, safe and professional environment in which horses and people can flourish.

The Approved Centre community is supported by a knowledgeable and experienced BHS team, here to provide support and guidance and a wide range of benefits for you, your centre, your staff, and your clients.

Got a question?

To find out more about being part of the BHS Approved Centre community, get in touch with your local Business Support Manager for an informal chat.

Email or call the BHS Approval Team on 02476 840509.


BHS Approved Centre scheme benefits

We focus the benefits on the things you tell us are important to you. Our BHS Approved Centres enjoy a wide range of benefits, here are just a few.

  • Ability to run unique BHS education programmes including:
  • Ability to join the Changing Lives Through Horses Programme to support disengaged or disadvantaged young people
  • Ability for centre staff to join the Accredited Centre Coach and Groom Scheme, free of charge. Centre Coaches and Grooms enjoy 25% discount off BHS assessments and the opportunity to apply for our education bursary worth up to £6,000
  • Tools and Templates to help you such as: risk assessment guidance, contract templates, support for Local Authority inspections and health and safety guidance
  • Employment and people management resources to help you and your team
  • A range of helplines offering advice including VAT and legal helplines
  • Access to our BHS Approved Centre Facebook group, a community of like-minded people where ideas can be shared and discussed with your fellow centres
  • Up to 25% off insurance premiums
  • A complimentary BHS gold membership
  • Benefits of being BHS Approved

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Business Support

Our team of Business Support Managers are here to help you. Whether you would like to know more about our Pony Stars, need help in setting up a BHS assessment or require some marketing support, our dedicated Business Support Managers are here for you!

  • A dedicated point of contact for ‘all things BHS’.
  • Virtual and in-person coffee mornings and workshops on a wide range of topics.
  • Up to date industry information communicated to you directly.
  • Representation of the views and issues of the equestrian sector with all governments across the UK, including playing a lead role on the British Horse Council.
  • Support with issues such as business rates (BHS Business rates campaign).
  • Practical support with the BHS Professional Pathways and assessments.
  • Training and support for the BHS Challenge Awards and Pony Stars.
  • Support for the BHS Bursary application process to help you on your BHS Career Pathway.
  • Support and guidance for new centres on how to join the BHS Approved Centre Scheme.


Quality Assurance

All BHS Approved Centres are members of a world-renowned quality assurance scheme that recognises high standards of care for both horses and riders. Our experienced, knowledgeable inspectors visit our centres every other year to offer insight and support whilst checking the quality of services. Rest assured that our Business Support team are always on hand to offer help and advice at any other time.

Embedded into the scheme criteria are the key factors on a client’s wish list:

  • Horse care is at the heart of what we do. Our inspectors look at the care of the horses in a centre, something which our centres are very proud to showcase!
  • Coaching is another area of focus, ensuring all our centres deliver a high standard of tuition relevant to their client base.
  • A good client experience is high up on a client’s wish list. Our inspectors will get a general feel of the yard and look at what a centre may offer clients. A warm and welcoming centre is what we like to see!
  • Safety is of course paramount, so ensuring the safety of the facilities and working practices, is an important factor.
  • Catering for clients’ needs is what matters; we welcome centres of all shapes and sizes, the facilities just need to meet the needs of your clients, whether that’s children on lead rein, beginner riders or competition riders!

The inspection criteria will be appropriate to the type of centre and don’t forget, your Business Support Manager and our Operations Team will be on hand to support you and answer any questions you may have. Find out more about what to expect at a BHS Approved Centre inspection.


Interested in becoming a BHS Approved Centre?

To find out more about being part of the BHS Approved Centre community, get in touch with your local Business Support Manager for an informal chat.

Email or call the BHS Approval Team on 02476 840509.



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