Our Coach in Complete Horsemanship Pathway is celebrated world-wide as one of the leading equestrian coaching careers.

Unique to the BHS Equine Excellence Pathway, we offer the opportunity to develop your career to become a Coach in Complete Horsemanship.

Through the combination of skill and knowledge acquired through our BHS stages in care, riding and teaching, a career in Complete Horsemanship allows you to stand above the crowd and utilise the widest remit of knowledge and expertise to coach our current and future generations.  

Become a Fellow of the BHS

To reach the internationally recognised status of Fellow of The British Horse Society, we invite you to develop and progress through the journey of Complete Horsemanship. 

An expert in equitation and horsemanship, Fellows of the BHS are renowned throughout the global equine industry as an ambassador for the equestrian profession and a thought leader in our sector.

With a structured pathway for the beginner through to the expert, the Coach in Complete Horsemanship Pathway offers a progressive career encompassing all elements of equestrianism.

Care and management awards Riding awards
Teaching awards Accreditation if all awards are achieved
Stage 1 For the beginner Stage 1 - Care Stage 1 - Ride Stage 1 - Complete Horsemanship
Stage 2 For foundation level Stage 2 - Ride Stage 2 - Teach Stage 2 - Complete Horsemanship
Stage 3 For the professional Stage 3 - Teach Stage 3 - Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Stage 4 For the established equestrian Stage 4 - Teach Stage 4 - Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Stage 5 For the performance equestrian Stage 5 - Ride Stage 5 - Teach Stage 5 - Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Stage 6 For the expert Fellow
Care and management awards
Stage 1 For the beginner Stage 1 - Care
Stage 2 For foundation level
Stage 3 For the professional
Stage 4 For the established equestrian
Stage 5 For the performance equestrian
Stage 6 For the expert
Riding awards
Stage 1 For the beginner Stage 1 - Ride
Stage 2 For foundation level Stage 2 - Ride
Stage 3 For the professional
Stage 4 For the established equestrian
Stage 5 For the performance equestrian Stage 5 - Ride
Stage 6 For the expert
Teaching awards
Stage 1 For the beginner
Stage 2 For foundation level Stage 2 - Teach
Stage 3 For the professional Stage 3 - Teach
Stage 4 For the established equestrian Stage 4 - Teach
Stage 5 For the performance equestrian Stage 5 - Teach
Stage 6 For the expert
Accreditation if all awards are achieved
Stage 1 For the beginner Stage 1 - Complete Horsemanship
Stage 2 For foundation level Stage 2 - Complete Horsemanship
Stage 3 For the professional Stage 3 - Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Stage 4 For the established equestrian Stage 4 - Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Stage 5 For the performance equestrian Stage 5 - Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Stage 6 For the expert Fellow

Dressage or Jump Only Rider Routes

We recognise those following a career in Complete Horsemanship may wish to focus their riding in dressage or jumping. We are pleased to be able to certify the Coach in Complete Horsemanship Pathway to those only taking jump or dressage awards as a BHS Stage 3 Rider (Dressage)/BHS Stage 3 Rider (Jump) and as a BHS Stage 4 Senior Rider (Dressage)/BHS Stage 4 Senior Rider (Jump).