Course Information

Who is the course for?

This course is the first step on the professional ladder and shows you have the competencies to apply basic principles of horse care. Suitable for anyone aged 14 years and over who cares for and/or rides horses regularly. It is designed to give you a good foundation of equine knowledge and a solid base on which to build your riding skills. The course is aimed at anyone wanting to formalise their horse skills and knowledge to a demonstrable level of qualification (BHS Stage 1 equivalent).

Please note the maximum rider weight limit is 14 stone (182lbs).

What does the course involve?

The course will cover all aspects of basic horse husbandry and care. Topics will include grooming, handling, shoeing, horse health, basic equine behaviour and riding on the flat with & without stirrups.

The BHS Progressive Riding Test consists of six tests. All six tests have equitation and stable management sections, both of which can be taken separately.

What makes this course special?

The course will be delivered at the College's fully equipped Equestrian Centre. Students will have access to a range of horses that are suitable for all abilities for the practical and riding elements. Students will be taught by our BHS qualified instructors. Course costs include all training and examination with no extra charge for final certification.

Entry Requirements

You will need to pass a basic riding assessment by demonstrating the ability to walk, trot and canter independently and should have a basic knowledge of horse care. This course does not serve to teach candidates from a complete beginner stage.

What are the assessment methods?

Each syllabus has a number of elements, each are signed off by the instructor as the learner is ready to be assessed. On the successful completion of each test the candidate is issued with a certificate. By the end of the 10 week course we aim for all candidates to have achieved all six levels. This will then give you a final certificate which entitles you to direct entry to the BHS Stage 2 exam.

  • PRT tests 1 – 4 will be assessed by a BHSAI
  • PRT tests 5 and 6 will be assessed by a BHSII

How long is the course?

One evening per week for 10 weeks.

What are the progression options?

Once you have successfully completed the BHS Progressive Riding Tests 1 – 6, you can progress on to the BHS Stage 2 Training Course.

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