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A Performance Coach BHSI certificate endorses you as an ambassador for the BHS at home and overseas, showing commitment to the continued development and leading standards of equitation and coaching with the welfare of the horse central to your coaching philosophy. You will be skilled in coaching riders and training horses to a competitive standard.

A Performance Coach BHSI will have a broad knowledge in all aspects of business management and horse care, including maintaining horse health, care of competition horses and the breeding and management of young horses.

Offering a natural aptitude and empathy in your riding and coaching, you will utilise your strength as a good communicator to impart knowledge with enthusiasm, clarity and impact. This career certificate will endorse you as a leading coach, who is able to train and supervise staff and students and give sound career advice around the extensive career pathways available in the industry.

The Performance Coach BHSI qualification is awarded upon achievement of four sections:

  • Section 1: Care and Welfare
  • Section 2: Business Management
  • Section 3: Training Horses (Lunge and Ride)
  • Section 4: Coaching

For an overview of the Performance Coach BHSI qualification and scope of assessment please download the guidance.

Dressage and Show Jumping Pathways

You can choose to be assessed on the Complete Horsemanship Pathway (Eventing), a Dressage Pathway or a Show Jumping Pathway at Performance Coach BHSI level.

In all pathways section 1 and 2 remain the same, however there are adaptations in the requirements for sections 3 and 4 to make them specific to the discipline.


A Performance Coach BHSI is welcome to join the Association of Fellows and Instructors of the BHS – an established peer group training and discussion body supporting your career and development.

Our Other Pathways

Whatever your career aspirations – caring for horses, riding professionally or coaching the next generation – there’s a pathway for you.

Coaching not for you? Take a look at our Professional Rider or Groom Pathway and be inspired by our other exciting career paths.