BHS Training

Kimblewick is both an examination centre and approved BHS training venue. We have qualified instructors, a great range of horses and fantastic facilities.

British Horse Society training and exams

Taking BHS exams is a great way of improving your equine skills and knowledge and gaining recognised qualifications. Kimblewick Equestrian Centre is a BHS approved ‘where to train’ and examination centre, running training and exams from stage one up to and including the BHSII qualification.

Horse Knowledge Care and Riding Stage 1

Working under supervision, you will gain basic knowledge and practice of looking after a well-mannered horse in the stable and at grass. You will become capable of riding an experienced horse or pony in an enclosed space. Riders must be at least 14 years old to take this exam.

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Horse Knowledge Care and Riding Stage 2

This qualification will provide you with competencies to apply general principles for the management of horses’ health and well-being. Working under regular but not constant supervision, you will be able to care for stabled and grass-kept horses during all seasons of the year. You will be able to ride an experienced horse or pony in the open as well as in a manège or indoor school and over a small course of jumps. You must be at least 16 years old and have completed BHS Stage 1 to take this exam. Before entering the riding section you must also have completed your BHS Riding and Road Safety Test.

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Ride Safe Test

As an exam centre for this test, our expert instructors will help you achieve this qualification. Training sessions run throughout the year. 

The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport.

Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Ride Safe gives you the confidence to ride in the environments you are most often faced with, keeping you and your horse safe.

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

You will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify the rules in the Highway Code specific to horse riders
  • Know how to ride out safely
  • Be able to ride a horse in an enclosed area and out on the road

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