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BHS pathway

What the BHS says about the Pathway:


"Whether you want to gain professional, industry recognised qualifications to spring-board your equine career or you simply want to learn more about horses and improve your skills for personal achievement there’s a pathway for you.

Our world-leading BHS Equine Excellence Pathway offers you the opportunity to progress your career with horses and learn practical, real-world skills within a structured platform. As part of your journey we’re here to guide, advise and support you through every stage of your development towards getting equine jobs and equine careers in the future.

If you are not working towards a career with horses, and simply want to develop your knowledge and skills or improve your confidence, our Challenge Awards are for you. Learn all about horse care, lungeing and riding from the basics through to more advanced techniques."


As a BHS Approved Training Centre, we are able to offer training and for the BHS "Stages" qualifications up to and including Stage 3.


We offer Stage 1 and Ride Safe Courses twice a year but the majority of our training is one-to one.

If you are interested in training with us, the first step is to book an assessment lesson with Mary Stitson (BHS Stage 4 coach and Stable Manager).


After the initial assessment, she will discuss with you a plan of action to get you up to standard in Horse Care, Lunging, Riding or Instruction. 


All our horses are true schoolmasters and, whilst they are by no means "push button", they will help to teach you the skills you need to be a versatile and proficient rider. Mary is passionate about training fully-rounded equestrians and will nurture and support you as you progress through the BHS Equine Excellence Pathway.


Because of this individual approach, we have a very high success rate at all levels and many of our students go on to secure excellent jobs in the horse industry.


With the recent changes in the BHS Qualifications System, there is now a requirement for certain elements of the "Stages" to be assessed by an Approved Coach prior to the main assessment day. This is called the "Skills Record". When you book in for your exam, you will be issued with a booklet that has to be signed off by an Approved Coach.


As mentioned above, all BHS Stages have elements which have to be signed off by an Approved Coach before the main assessment day.  If the skills record is not signed off, the qualification will not be awarded until it is - even if the main assessment is passed.


We run days throughout the year where we offer students a "leg up" with their skills record, with discounted prices (for more details on this scheme, please visit our "Leg Up" page.) This is for Horse Care, Lunging and Teaching sections.


We also offer assessments on a one to one basis. These can be arranged at times to suit you and can be for all of the above or riding. Please see our "Prices" page for cost.


Please note that whether you attend the "Leg Up" scheme, or book in privately, we cannot guarantee that you will pass the skills assessment first time.  If you are not yet up to standard, you will be given feedback as to what needs to improve and then you can either take training here, or elsewhere, then come back to be reassessed.