We run a program of British Horse Society Training
BHS Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding Stage 1
This is a rolling program allowing people to join at any point. This is a great course for people planning to buy a horse and wanting to ensure a solid foundation to their knowledge. So even if you do not want to take the exam, this might be the course for you.
For those wanting to work in the equine field in the future its a great starting point.
We will be covering all aspects of Stage 1, theory and practical, ridden and stable management.
This qualification will provide the holder with the competencies to apply basic principles of horse care. Working under supervision, the holder will have basic knowledge and practice of looking after a well-mannered horse in the stable and at grass. The holder will be capable of riding an experienced horse or pony in an enclosed space.
Holders of the Stage 1 Horse Knowledge, Care and/or Riding Certificate will be able to progress to BHS Stage 2 Certificate in Horse Knowledge, Care and/or riding. The Stage 1 certificate is recognised in its own right and provides a benchmark standard to employers. It is also a component part of the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certificate.
The BHS Stage exams are made up from units and small qualifications. Candidates may choose to sit all the units leading to a qualification in one day, or they may prefer to “pick and mix” units.
Details of the BHS Horse Knowledge, Care & Riding Stage 1 can be found at;
BHS Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding Stage 2
This qualification will provide you with competencies to apply general principles for the management of horses’ health and well being. Working under regular but not constant supervision, you will be able to care for stabled and grass-kept horses during all seasons of the year. You will be able to ride an experienced horse or pony in the open as well as in a manège or indoor school.
You must be at least 16 years old and have completed BHS Stage 1 to take this exam. Before entering the riding section you must also have completed your BHS Riding and Road Safety Test.
When you achieve the Stage 2 Horse Knowledge, Care and/or Riding Certificate you will be able to progress to BHS Stage 3 Certificate in Horse Knowledge, Care and/or Riding. The Stage 2 Care Certificate is also recognised as a qualification in its own right and is a technical certificate for the Equine Apprenticeship. The Horse Knowledge & Riding Stage 2 is a prerequisite for the BHS Preliminary Teaching Test and is a component part of the BHS Assistant Instructor Certificate.
The BHS Stage exams are made up from units and small qualifications. You may choose to sit all the units leading to a qualification in one day, or you may prefer to ‘pick and mix’ units.
You will be able to ‘bank’ units and will receive unit certificates. When all the relevant units for a qualification have been achieved, the qualification certificate will be awarded. If you are unsuccessful in one unit you will only have to resit that unit again.
Details of the BHS Horse Knowledge, Care & Riding Stage 2 can be found at;
BHS Riding and Road Safety
Please book early to avoid dissapointment as our last test booked up very quickly. This is essential training for anyone who wishes to ride on the road. It also covers the Riding & Road Safety element for those wishing to take the Pony Club C test and beyond.
This is an essential exam for anyone who is planning to ride on the road . Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport. It is probably the only test that any rider will undertake that has the potential to save not only their own life but that of their horse and other road users as well. It is not essential to own a horse in order to take the test, as horse hire is available.
Candidates do not have to be BHS members. Candidates applying to take the test must book a place with the BHS at least 28 days in advance of the test date.
There are three parts to the test:
The Theory Test - This is usually a written test with questions covering the Highway Code, the Riding and Roadcraft Manual, and the rules of riding on the roads.
The Simulated Road Route - This part takes place in off road conditions. It is designed to test the rider’s ability to ride appropriately on the road. This includes observations, signalling, manoeuvring and negotiating a series of hazards that they may encounter on the roads.
The Road Route - Once the candidate has demonstrated an understanding of road safety in the first two sections they can attempt a set route on the roads to demonstrate their competence in dealing with vehicles and other hazards.
Please Note: You need to book directy with the BHS as well as Tumpy Green in order to secure your place.
Please note you will need to complete a training session and the test to pass the certificate.
Download an application form from the BHS website and book directly with BHS for the exam and training, however please ensure you also book in with the Centre as there are maximum numbers allowed