Preparation for Exam

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The Stage 1 course will provide learners with the basic knowledge and skills to look after horses and work safely in a yard environment.

  • BHS Stage 1 Care will provide you with an understanding of the responsibilities of working safely on a stable yard with empathy towards both horses and colleagues.
  • BHS Stage 1 Ride will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to ride in a group within a school environment.

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. 

Our course at Plumpton will cover the BHS Stage 1 syllabus to enable learners to develop the skills to take the BHS Stage 1 exams. Please note, successful achievement of the Stage 1 Qualification is not guaranteed and is assessed by the BHS during our examination days.

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Entry Requirements:

You must be 13 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)

Dates & Location:

Care Only- 

Wednesdays - 18:00 - 20:00

  • 30th September 2020 - 4th November 2020

Saturdays - 10:00 - 12:00

  • 3rd October 2020 - 7th November 2020

Ride Only - 

Wednesdays - 17:00-18:00

  • 30th September - 4th November 2020

Saturdays - 9:00 - 10:00

  • 3rd October 2020 - 7th November 2020

Care and Ride Combined -

Autumn Saturday - 09:00 - 12:00

  • 3rd October 2020 - 7th November



Minimum 1 morning or evening per Week

  • Part Exam Preparation (Care only) - £195
  • Part Exam Preparation (Ride only) - £165 
  • Full Exam Preparation (Ride & Care) - £345

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