BHSQ Level 3 Coaching Riders (Stage 3)

Qualification Level: 3

Total Qualification Time:

148 hours (of which 60 are Guided Learning Hours)

Qualification purpose

The purpose of this qualification is to offer a pathway for those who wish to focus on coaching riders. Learners completing this qualification will have achieved a foundation level (Level 2/Stage 2) of knowledge and skills in horse care and riding, and have chosen to progress focusing on their coaching skills. 

By successfully completing this qualification, learners will be able to coach horse riding to a range of riders, from beginners to students preparing to take qualifications and riders beginning to compete at grass roots level. Learners will be able to deliver lessons that implement coaching techniques whilst maintaining the safety and welfare of horses and riders. Learners will be able to show genuine improvement in horse and rider combinations and develop plans for their future progression. 

A person holding the BHSQ Level 3 Coaching Riders (Stage 3) qualification will hold the technical skills and knowledge to coach dressage up to Novice level and jumping (show jumping and cross country) up to 80cm.They will be able to coach private, semi-private, group and lunge lessons. Coaches will be able to show genuine improvement of horse and rider while demonstrating a sound knowledge of coaching methods and principles. 


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to build a career in coaching. It is likely that learners will already be employed in the industry and seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 2) or BHSQ/BHS equivalent. Please refer to entry requirements at unit level.

This qualification is also available to learners at the appropriate level who have industry experience and/or hold non-BHS equine qualifications. To enter they will apply via the BHS RPCL or RPEL direct entry process. 


Professional expectations

BHSQ work closely with the sector and employers in particular. Once a learner has achieved this qualification, they are likely to be working in the sector. It is essential all those working in the sector have a sufficient understanding of their legal responsibilities to protect both the horse and their clients and colleagues. This includes safeguarding, health and safety, first aid, equality and diversity and data protection.

It is always the responsibility of the employer or self-employed person to ensure practices are safe, effective and legal. BHSQ encourages all those working in the sector to have current BHS First Aid or First Aid at Work and BHS Safeguarding and Protecting Children.


Age range

This qualification is available to learners who are 18 years and above.

What could this qualification lead to?

The BHSQ Level 3 Coaching Riders (Stage 3) qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that the content is appropriate for those working in the sector. Learners completing this qualification could access a career in coaching riding. 

This qualification offers progression to:

  • BHSQ Level 4 Coaching Riders (Stage 4) 

To download the qualification specification click here.

For more information about this qualification please visit the BHS website.