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Section 2: Business Management

This section covers essential knowledge and skills required of a manager to run a successful equestrian business with confidence and competence.

1. Business Management Skills

You will cover the range of policies, procedures and good working practice you would implement within a business for it to comply with employment law and legislation. You will explore the policies an equestrian business would follow, how you would implement the range of procedures that underpin the policies, the training that may be required and how you will ensure all staff follow good working practice.

You will also look at the responsibilities and requirements of a manager to promote business success.

This section is assessed through discussion.

The range of topics for discussion will include how to promote staff wellbeing, employment regulations, financial requirements, risk management and strategic and business planning.

The assessment should last approximately one hour, conducted individually or in pairs and is assessed as a standalone assessment

Please note this assessment is held virtually via video call. If you would prefer a face-to-face assessment please speak to the Education Team.

2. Management Scenario Discussion

A successful manager or business owner will be observant to risks that may affect their business and will have risk management plans in place. Unfortunately, there will be occasions when incidents happen that cannot be foreseen, and it will be the manager’s responsibility to respond accordingly to minimise impact and protect further risk to the business. This assessment will prepare you for such eventualities and will enable you to react to an incident appropriately and confidently.

On the day of your assessment you will be given a pre-defined case study. The case study will detail an example of an equestrian business and outline an incident that has occurred. The business will be a riding school, equestrian centre or yard of any size and location. You will be provided with these details within the case study.

The incident you will be asked to respond to will be one of the following:

  • Outbreak of an infectious / contagious disease
  • Repercussions following a riding fatality on site
  • Serious welfare concern
  • Celebrity / media visit
  • Social media fake news
  • Break in / burglary
  • Flooding or fire
  • IT failure / GDPR breach / power cut
  • Serious safeguarding concern

Once you have been given your case study, you will have at least 60 minutes to prepare a response to the incident which analyses the risk, impact to the business, potential repercussions and considers the management of staff, horses, clients and other stakeholders. You will assume you have full responsibility for the management of the incident.

After your preparation time you will present your plan to a BHS Assessor. You may be asked questions to confirm understanding.

The assessment should last approximately 30 minutes and is assessed as a standalone assessment

Please note this assessment is held virtually via video call. If you would prefer a face-to-face assessment please speak to the Education Team.

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Download the assessment criteria for further detail.