British Horse Society Training – Preparation for Stage 1

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 1 Equine

This 20 hour course will cover the BHS Stage 1 syllabus and will prepare you for the exam. The course fee is for the training only and the exam fee is not included. It will be individual responsibility to enter the exam via the BHS.

This level exam is the first level on the BHS career ladder and will also aid horse owners in caring for their own horses.

More information on the syllabus, what to wear and exam dates are available on the BHS website www.bhs.org.uk

Please read the following riding hat guidelines when applying for this course –

2017 BHS Approvals Hat Guide

FAQ Riding Hat Standards 2017



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You’ll need:

To pass a basic riding assessment consisting of mounting and dismount, walk, trot, canter in balance and show a light seat in trot and canter.

Please note there is a 13 stone weight limit and you will have to provide your own riding equipment e.g. hat, gloves, riding clothes, whip and riding boots.

You’ll learn:

Knowledge and care -

  • Grooming
  • Rugging
  • Saddlery
  • Handing
  • Husbandry
  • Foot and Shoeing
  • Anatomy
  • Health and Safety
  • Horse Health
  • Horse Behaviour
  • Grassland Management Riding
  • Riding on the flat - walk, trot and canter
  • Riding on the correct diagonals and canter leads
  • Work in walk and trot without stirrups
  • Work in trot and canter in a light seat
  • Work over trotting poles in the jump position

Note - You can attend the riding lessons only or the knowledge and care (stable management) only - riding only £175 or knowledge and care only £125. If one session is taken your course will be 10 hours only.

You’ll go on to:

For information on upcoming dates or to book onto this course, please register your interest below or call customer services on 01395 562300.




British Horse Society Training - Preparation for Stage 1

Start Date





10 weeks


18:00 till 20:00



*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.