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Building on the knowledge gained at Stage 1, the BHS Stage 2 Care course will develop routine practices on a stable yard, your role, responsibilities and reporting lines. You will learn how to recognize signs of poor health and how to treat.

  • You will also learn how to prepare horses for competition, with tacking up, travel equipment and preparing horses for presentation. In addition, you will learn basic anatomy and physiology and feeding practices.
  • The BHS Stage 2 Ride course will develop your skills in riding individually in an arena showing walk, trot and canter, change of direction and pace through school movements. You will also develop your abilities over fences and jump single fences and a small course of 75 cms.
  • BHS Stage 2 Lunge will assess your competence to lunge a horse for exercise. You will learn how to prepare a horse for lungeing and be able to demonstrate safe lungeing practices. You will also learn how to work the horse in its basic paces, showing consideration for the size of the circle

Our course at Plumpton will cover the BHS Stage 2 syllabus to enable learners to develop the skills to take the associated BHS Stage 2 exams. Please note, successful achievement of Stage 2 qualifications is not guaranteed and is assessed by the BHS during our examination days.

Teach Only -

During the training course for the BHS Stage 2 Teach you will develop confidence and understanding of delivering both riding lessons and practical stable management sessions. Through teaching flatwork you will have the opportunity to work with small groups of riders in walk, trot and canter working on balance and riding position.

You will then be able to progress to teaching some sessions using ground poles, single fences and related distances.


Entry Requirements:

Minimum age requirement is 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
Items not to wear
-   Any clothing with a hood
-   Any jewellery (all must be removed to ride)

Dates & Location:

New Dates will be released soon.

The courses are flexible so that you can simply attend either the hour-long ride session, or the 2- hour long horse care session or attend both as they follow on from each other. 

If you are unable to attend the above dates or the date you would like to attend is full please register your interest here.


Care - 10/11 weeks

Ride - 8 weeks

Lunge - 8 weeks

Teach - 9 weeks


Full Preparation - £450

Individual Qualifications - 

Care  - £200

Lunge  - £90

Ride  - £180

Teach  - £280

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