BHS Stage 1 Care & Ride

Exam Preparation

The award assesses your knowledge and practical skills when carrying out routine tasks, such as mucking out, bedding down and providing food and water. You will be asked to handle horses inside the stable and outdoors, apply and remove rugs, groom, lead a horse in hand and hold a horse for inspection.

It covers routine tasks, such as:

  • Mucking out,
  • Grooming,
  • Tack cleaning and handling horses safely amongst others.

It will provide learners with the basic knowledge and skills to ride horses on both reins at:

  • Walk
  • Trot
  • Canter

And also to ride in balance, in a group and within a school environment.

You will develop an understanding of riding position and have an awareness of your own horse’s needs. 

These courses run for 6 weeks. 

Course details

Dates & Location

21st September - 26th October 2024 (Saturday)

18th January - 1st March 2025 (Saturdays)

Plumpton College Campus



Saturday mornings

9:30am  - 12:30pm 

  • £390 for the 6 week course duration


Entry Requirements

You must be 14 years or older

Equipment required:
-   Polo Shirt
-   Jodhpurs 
-   Short boots and chaps/gaiters 
-   Long riding boots 
-   Gloves
-   Fitted riding hat with BSI Kitemark and at current standard  - VG1 01.040 (2014-12),  PAS 015 (1998 or 2011), SNELL E2001 or SNELL E2016
-   A short riding whip
    Items not to wear
-   Any clothing with a hood
-   Any jewellery (all must be removed to ride)

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