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There are many different training roles required to support learners along their career pathway or, to support your recreational riding clients via our Challenge Awards:

  • Stage 4 Accredited Trainer
  • Riding Out Trainer
  • Ride Safe Trainer
  • Challenge Awards Coach

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:

  • Qualified to at least one level higher for the assessment they are signing off and hold a teaching or coaching qualification


  • Qualified to at least one level higher 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.

Video calls

Video 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. Click on the date to book your space.

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)



Pony Stars, Horse Explorers and Challenge Awards

We are continually developing our offer for recreational riders; over the last few years our Challenge Awards products have grown to include Pony Stars and Hosre Explorers. Find out more about our recreational pathway.

Our recreational products can be delivered by any Accredited Professional Coach or BHS Approved Centre. Although formal training is not compulsory to deliver, we encourage any coach to join in with a video call information session. This will ensure you are familiar with the product and the resources available (both for the partiicpant and the coach) and we can answer any questions you may have before you get started.

Find out more information on our introductory sessions and how they can support your business and become a Challenge Awards Trainer.



Become a Riding Out Trainer

Our Riding Out trainer days are currently suspended. Please contact us if you are interested in Riding Out Trainer training.

In 2019, the Ride Leader pathway replaced the 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

Please refer to our Ride Safe update to read the changes to this assessment.

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. We are currently holding Ride Safe Training as part of our 'Back in Touch' days: