BHSQ Level 4 Senior Yard Manager with Riding (Stage 4)

Qualification Level: 4

Total Qualification Time:

For learners completing Unit 4: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Eventing as their optional unit, TQT is 574 hours (of which 258 are Guided Learning Hours).

For learners completing Unit 5: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Dressage or Unit 6: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Show Jumping as their optional unit, TQT is 478 hours (of which 222 are Guided Learning Hours).

Qualification purpose

This is a practical qualification which caters for individuals who wish to manage a yard and train horses as part of a business. By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to take full responsibility for managing an equestrian business and caring for a range of horses. In addition they will be able to train horses from backing to competition level in a chosen discipline. Learners will be able to constructively assess the training needs of a range of horses when riding and lungeing in order to identify areas for improvement and implement plans for their progression. Individuals will have chosen a specific riding discipline at level 4 and so will be able to apply this expertise when training horses.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on managing a business and training and producing horses. It is likely that learners will already be employed or working on a self-employed basis in the industry and are seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing BHS Stage 3 Care, BHS Stage 3 Lunge and BHS Stage 3 Riding 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.

Age range

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

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification is designed primarily to support career progression to a senior or management role. Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Yard Manager
  • Equine Centre Manager
  • Senior Groom and Rider/Trainer
  • Freelance Senior Groom and Rider/Trainer

Employment in these roles could be in a variety of equestrian environments including; riding schools, competition yards (any discipline), livery yards, private yards, police and military, and welfare or veterinary centres.

These qualifications offer progression to:

  • BHS Performance Centre Manager with Riding


To download the qualification specification click here.

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