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Become a Stage 4 Accredited Trainer

The revised Stage 4 qualifications, and their subsequent units, will require the learners to have their Skills Record signed off before the assessment day. There will be numerous Ready for Assessment and Trainer Endorsement forms that are required to be signed off. The Skills Record can only be signed off by a Stage 4 Accredited Trainer.

A Stage 4 Accredited Trainer will have completed the BHS Stage 4 trainer induction, are a current BHS Accredited Professional and are qualified to either of the two options described below:

  • A minimum of the Stage 5 for the assessment they are signing off and hold a teaching or coaching qualification


  • A minimum of the Stage 5 for the assessment they are signing off and hold a Ride Leader or Riding Out qualification at Level 2, or above.
Stage 4 Trainer Induction events 

Attendance at one of the following events would be required for you to be listed as a Stage 4 Accredited Trainer.

Conference calls

Conference calls are about one hour long with up to 10 coaches. Once you have confirmed your booking you will be emailed the joining instructions and further training information to read before the call.

View the list of dates. Please search for 'Stage 4 Coach Training' in the Keyword Search box.

Stage 4 and 5 Information Days 

Each day will consist of a discussion and Q&A session, followed by a practical observation of the riding (flat), coaching and lungeing/long reining for Stage 4 and 5.

Attendance is free of charge to Accredited Professionals and Approved Centre Proprietors and £10.00 for others, and will run from 9.30 – 13.00. Most of these events will also run Challenge Awards coach training in the afternoon for those that want to deliver the Challenge Awards. Check the list of Challenge Awards coach training events here.

9 October 2019 - Ingestre Stables, Staffordshire

15 October 2019 - Forest Edge Arena, Norfolk

28 October 2019 - Scottish National Equestrian Centre, West Lothian

11 November 2019 - Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire

19 November 2019 - Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

26 November 2019 - Coleg Gwent, Usk

27 November 2019 - Wellington Riding, Hampshire

Drop in sessions

The Education team will be at numerous other BHS events and will be hosting a short discussion and Q&A. The Stage 4 discussion session does not require booking, but entry to the event will. Click on the event below for further information.

15-17 September 2019 - National Convention, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool

22-24 September 2019 - National Convention, Merrist Wood College, Surrey

30 September 2019 - Approved Centre Conference, Witham Villa Equestrian Centre, Leicestershire

18 November 2019 - Approved Centre Conference, Coolmine Equestrian Centre, Ireland


Trainer Guidance

We recommend any trainer or learner for the Stage 4 should read the Trainer Guidance. It provides an outline to the Stage 4 qualifications and gives examples for the level and depth of knowledge required.

Stage 4 Senior Care Trainer Guidance

Stage 4 Senior Management Trainer Guidance

Stage 4 Senior Lunge Trainer Guidance

Stage 4 Senior Riding Trainer Guidance (Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping units)

Stage 4 Senior Coaching Trainer Guidance (Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping units)



Become a Challenge Awards Trainer

The Challenge Awards is an exciting new offer from the BHS. Aimed at all recreational riders or owners, they are a series of individual personal challenges to support their development and relationship with the horse. They can be delivered and assessed by any Accredited Professional Coach or BHS Approved Centre following a short introductory free training session. Find out how they can support your business and become a Challenge Awards Trainer.



Become a Riding Out Trainer

In 2019, the Ride Leader pathway will replace the existing Equestrian Tourism Ride Leader assessments. In order to familiarise coaches preparing candidates for the new Riding Out Assessments with the revised syllabus and requirements, we have organised training to support you through this change.

The training day is open to all coaches at BHS and AIRE approved centres and BHS Accredited Professional Coaches who may be preparing candidates for the new Riding Out assessments. Please note that the day is not aimed at prospective Riding Out candidates.

The cost of this course is £40 and attendees will need to bring their own refreshments.

Training Days

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Become a Ride Safe Trainer

We are currently open for applications to become a Ride Safe Trainer. 

To apply to become an approved trainer or for more information, please contact our Equine Excellence Team

The Ride Safe Award is the essential foundation for all riders wishing to pursue a journey in equine excellence.

To become a BHS Ride Safe Trainer and to be promoted on our website, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold the Ride Safe Award (or BHS Riding and Road Safety)
  • Attendance at a Ride Safe training the trainer day (minimum of one day)  see more below

Plus one of the following:

  • Minimum coaching qualification of BHS Stage 3 Coach and a BHS Accredited Professional Coach. Your coaching status must remain current for your Ride Safe Trainer status to be valid.
  • Minimum coaching qualification of BHS Stage 3 Coach and a BHS Approved Centre Coach. Your coaching status must remain current for your Ride Safe Trainer status to be valid.
Training Days

As a Ride Safe Trainer, you must attend a BHS training day, so you can guide and train candidates towards their Ride Safe Award. 

All delegates will receive a complimentary Ride Safe Guide on the training day.

Cost: £40 per head (includes Ride Safe Guide). Please note, catering/lunch is not included, so please bring your own.