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The BHS Professional Rider Pathway provides the practical riding skills and knowledge to support a rider in any discipline.

Whether your aspiration is in dressage, showjumping or eventing, our Professional Rider Pathway will help you to develop a sympathetic riding style and ensure you put the welfare of the horse at the heart of your riding.

Skills of a Professional Rider

From BHS Stage 1 Rider to BHS Stage 5 Performance Rider, you will learn to ride in a group and individually, showing empathy for the horse at all times. You will be required to understand and apply the scale of training for the horse, show an understanding of a horse’s performance and evaluate its way of going, adapting your riding style appropriately.

As you develop more proficiency through the stages, you will be required to ride and train horses up to elementary and advanced medium dressage movements and have a balanced seat over fences leading to a course of showjumps up to 1.15 metres and cross-country fences up to 1.10 metres.

Performance Riders are competent in both riding and training horses on the flat and over fences in all three Olympic disciplines.

Dressage and Show Jumping Pathways

We understand that not all riders wish to pursue a professional riding career within all disciplines. Perhaps you would like to follow our jump or dressage specific routes? 

Our Other Pathways

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

Our Coaching Pathway combines care and management, riding and teaching for a world renowned Coach in Complete Horsemanship career.