Page 1




March 2013

Dear Proprietor You will shortly receive an email containing an invitation to complete a survey regarding BHS qualifications and the customer service you receive from our Examinations Department. We would like to know your opinion on the relevance of BHS qualifications against current industry standards and whether, as employers, you still hold these in high regard as to what you look for in potential employees. We would also like to know if you believe there are any qualifications that should be developed, and what you think about our current BHS Instructors’ qualifications. This is your chance to have your say and input into the future of BHS Exams, so do please take the time to complete this survey when it arrives in the next few weeks. We want holders of our qualifications to be the best – and we’re sure you do too! Kind Regards

The British Horse Society

in this issue 3

The British Horse Society works with Nissan


Changes to the BHS Exams


Equine Clothing resembling Police uniform


The BHS Instructor of the Year 2013


The BHS Spring Convention


Launch of a new BRC Club


Improved Hat Standards


The Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA)


Dates for your Diary


BHS Membership Cash Back Scheme

The BHS Progressive Riding Tests Please be aware that when applying for the final certificates of the Progressive Riding Tests we MUST see all six certificates signed by the examiner– we can not accept the syllabi cards as proof of completing the tests. Final certificates for both the Progressive and Junior Progressive Riding Tests cost £5 each. This fee must be included when applying for the final certificate otherwise this will be returned. Once the final PRT certificate has been issued, the successful candidate can then apply for direct entry into the BHS Stage 2 Exam, on reaching the appropriate age. Please be aware that the final certificate MUST be signed by the examiner before it can be submitted for direct entry. Any certificate received when applying for direct entry that is not signed will not be valid and will be returned to the candidate, which could jeopardise their place on the exam. If you have any questions or would like information on running the BHS Progressive Riding Tests, please contact the Approvals team on 02476 840509 or email


The British Horse Society is working with Nissan to promote safe and intelligent towing If you’re fortunate enough to work with horses, you’ll know how important it is to ensure their safe transport when travelling further afield. That’s why we’re delighted to announce a new venture with Nissan, whose range of intelligent towing 4x4 vehicles are designed with the horse’s welfare in mind. Like the BHS, Nissan is keen to promote responsible horse towing as well as providing our members with the right vehicle to help make tough towing challenges simpler. What’s more Nissan is offering British Horse Society supporters up to 15% off the X-Trail, Pathfinder and Navara. To take advantage of the discount or if you have any questions please contact 01923 899334 For full details plus terms and conditions, go to

PTT – 2013 Guidance We have reviewed the presentation topics in the Preliminary Teaching Test and cut them back to just five:

1. Nutritional Advice for Novice Riders 2. The importance of warm-up and cool-down for riders and horses 3. The physical requirements and conditioning for horse riding 4. Mental preparation for riders 5. Drug awareness in riding All are linked to Unit 3. This will take affect for exams after 1 January 2013. Re-sitting the PTT Candidates who were unsuccessful in one or more units prior to 2013 may find the way they are re-assessed is different. For instance, candidates will have produced presentations for Units 1, 2 and 4 but there is no longer any need to produce presentations for these units. The assessors will ask questions orally instead. However, those candidates re-sitting Unit 3 will find some of the presentation topics have changed. Candidates must produce the correct presentation topics as per the 2013 syllabus. PTT Syllabus and Guidelines Full details can be found in the Preliminary Teaching Test – 2013 syllabus, available to download from the BHS website Or please contact the Examinations Department on or telephone 02476 840508 for a hard copy of the syllabus.

Changes to BHS Exams The BHS Intermediate Teaching Test is the latest vocational qualification in our portfolio to be accepted as a regulated qualification. Linda Haworth, Senior Executive (EQL GB Ltd), the awarding body for The British Horse Society, said: “This is an exciting time for the Society with lots of new developments underway. Getting this qualification on the Qualifications and Credit Framework demonstrates the BHS’s continued commitment to provide fit-forpurpose qualifications for the equestrian industry”. The BHS and its stakeholders have spent two years reviewing and developing the ‘original’ Intermediate Teaching Test. Margaret Linington-Payne, BHS Director of Standards, said: “We wanted to update the format of the new qualification in line with our other unitised exams whilst keeping the underpinning assessment criteria similar, as this is what employers told us they wanted”. The overarching qualification title is EQL Level 5 Diploma in BHS Intermediate Teaching of Horse Riding (QCF); the two smaller qualifications which make up the larger one are EQL Level 5 Diploma in Coaching Horse Riders for Competition and EQL Level 5 Diploma in Coaching Horse Riders for the Commercial Environment. The full exam syllabus, unit breakdown, accompanying guidelines and how to apply are on our website, Candidates who have taken the BHS Intermediate Teaching Test before 2013 and who need to re-sit one or more sections will still be able to sit these. The BHS is organising some ‘re-sit’ dates for this purpose. Linda Haworth warned: “The BHS will be reducing the number of ‘re-sit’ dates over the next year or two, so I would encourage candidates to complete outstanding sections as soon as possible. “As with our other unitised exams, it does mean candidates can choose to focus on a few units at a time, they don’t have to sit them all at once – and if they are unfortunate enough to fail one or two units, they can come back and sit them as many times as necessary.” Candidates who pass the BHS Intermediate Teaching Test will have the opportunity to achieve the UKCC Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Riding. The BHS Intermediate Teaching Test is part of the larger BHS Intermediate Instructor Certificate. BHS exams and qualifications are recognised worldwide. They follow tried and tested methods of exploring candidates’ equitation, coaching and stable management skills and set the benchmarks in our industry. For further information, visit our website at, email or call the Examinations team on 02476 840508. We also encourage feedback about your exam experience, what we could do better and what we get right, so let us know today! You can find a comprehensive list of Equestrian Qualifications GB Limited (EQL) qualifications on the Register of Regulated Qualifications (

The British Horse Society received the following letter from the Association of Chief Police Officers at the end of January and we reproduce it here for members’ information:

Equine Clothing that closely resembles Police uniform


write as the national lead for mounted policing within the United Kingdom in order to clarify the position with regard to equine clothing that closely resembles police uniform. As an influential and respected publication serving the equestrian community, I thought it might be helpful if I set out the legal position from a policing perspective to assist your readers and prevent any misunderstanding. Over recent months a number of examples of high visibility equine apparel have been brought to my attention. These articles have caused concern to the police on the grounds that individuals wearing them are likely to be mistaken for being a police officer due to the design closely resembling police uniform. I have therefore sought advice on the legality of these designs, which has identified the following as the three main characteristics of police high visibility uniform: Wording – police high visibility clothing typically has POLICE printed as a contrasting block of letters prominently displayed to the rear and/or front. Colour – police high visibility uniform is universally yellow. Chequered Banding – police high visibility clothing commonly uses blue/silver chequered banding, this colour being standardised by international convention. The conclusion of these enquiries is that any item of clothing that has been manufactured to match these characteristics of police uniform is at risk of contravening legislation, namely Section 90 Police Act 1996. The ultimate decision about the legitimacy of any individual product is yet to be defined conclusively by any court, but the legal standard as enacted is an objective measure of whether the clothing worn by an individual, and/or their horse, would give the impression that that rider is a police officer when they are not. As such, any wording displayed on clothing which is similar in appearance to ‘POLICE’ (i.e. in a shape, format or font used on police uniform), even if is spelt differently, would leave the wearer at risk of breaching the law, particularly if the other characteristics are present. It is apparent that this issue has been subject to considerable debate through equine forums and I wish therefore to clarify the position from the police’s perspective for your readers so that they appreciate the risks associated with wearing such products and/or designs. I would also like to take this opportunity to confirm that whilst the police would support any work to make the roads safer, we do not endorse or recommend any specific high visibility products or manufacturer, nor have we done so. Yours faithfully, Rod Hansen, Assistant Chief Constable, ACPO Lead for Mounted Policing

The British Horse Society Instructor of the Year 2013 Competition


013 sees the welcome return of the prestigious BHS Instructor of the Year competition which this year will be cosponsored by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and Haddon Training. The aim of this competition is to encourage and inspire instructors to continue with the valuable work they do within the industry in maintaining and improving standards and also to pursue their own personal development and education. The British Horse Society is committed to helping instructors reach their full potential and one of the aims of this competition is to showcase the talent that we have working in the equestrian world in the UK. This will be through regional training days

leading to the final at Warwickshire College hosted by the BHS Training Department with three esteemed judges from the professional equine world assessing flatwork and jumping coaching sessions plus a stable management presentation. Each qualifying day is managed by a BHS Fellow for a maximum of eight selected applicants. During the day each candidate will teach a ridden lunge lesson and semi-private jump lesson. The Fellow will encourage and promote discussion throughout the day and the candidate invited to attend the final will be the person that shows the most potential as a coach and who actively takes part in group discussions and debate – a real chance to ‘blow your own

trumpet’! Our qualifying days are currently being confirmed but if you would like further information and to be put on the priority list for an application pack please contact Alison Le Fevre –, 02476 840510. The competition is open to anyone who has gained their BHS PTT but with a maximum qualification of the BHS Int. T. There is no age limit, though you will need to be a member of the BHS – at any membership level. If you are an employer or customer of someone who you think deserves the title of BHS Instructor of the Year – why not ask for an application pack on their behalf? Your support may be just the push they need to apply.


BHS Spring Convention 2013 with Stephen Clarke FBHS


he BHS continues with its programme of events for 2013 as we go into Spring with this year’s National spring Convention at Arena UK, Lincolnshire on Monday 15 April. This convention will be presented by Britain’s foremost FEI International Judge and Fellow of the British Horse Society, Stephen Clarke. Stephen’s career as an FEI Official International Judge has taken him all over the world to major dressage competitions including World Cup Finals, European Championships, World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games including the London 2012 Olympics where he acted as President of the Ground Jury. His most recent achievement is his unanimous election as FEI Dressage Judge General by the 5* Judges present at the annual FEI 5* Judges’ seminar held in Paris in January.

rider for the 1988 Seoul Olympics with Beckett. The day is a great opportunity for both coaches, riders, judges, and indeed anyone who enjoys dressage to learn from Stephen. Tickets for the convention are priced at £43, £39 for BHS Registered Instructors and are on sale now. The BHS Training Team is are inviting riders to apply to be guinea-pigs for this year’s spring Convention. If you are interested in applying, please send an upto-date CV to: Alison Le Fevre The British Horse Society • Abbey Park • Stareton • Kenilworth • Warwickshire • CV8 2XZ or email Details

His role as chairman of British Dressage’s judges’ committee affords him the opportunity to influence the development of the judging systems which includes the valuable training and encouragement of both established and new judges in the UK. Stephen regularly holds clinics to pass on his knowledge and experience to riders and coaches alike and is the author of books and training videos on dressage. During the 1980’s and 1990’s he competed successfully both nationally and internationally on his own horses and was reserve

Combinations are required at the following levels: Good Young Horse, Elementary Level, Medium Level, Advance Medium, Prix St George, Grand Prix – or a horse working in this direction. Riders will need to be competent at the level they are applying for and open-minded. Please include the following information plus photograph:-

Name and Address Contact Telephone Number and Email Address Name and age of the horse Full competition record for the last two years Current coach Workshops/training days attended Have you been a guinea-pig rider at a similar

event? Have you produced other horses at any levels other than the horse you are applying with? Applications to be received by Friday 15 March 2013

Tremendous Interest shown at the launch of a new British Riding Club Centre in Gloucestershire


ne of our latest BRC Centres Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre, situated in Dursley, Gloucestershire, is run jointly by sisters Renee and Naomi Watkins and joined the BRC Centre Membership scheme towards the end of 2012. After some initial planning by the Team and Centre Coordinator Nikki Secker (a qualified instructor at Tumpy Green), a launch evening was setup at a local saddlers. Nikki has taken on this important role as Centre Coordinator because she thoroughly enjoys teaching adults returning to riding after a break, or those starting riding for the first time and she has a wealth of experience in this type of role, running Tumpy Green’s successful Pony Club Centre. “This has already been a busy year for Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre, with the launch of the Tumpy Green BRC Riding Club Centre. Last summer a group of adults got together to talk about what they wanted to see at the Equestrian Centre and the result of this has been the new Riding Club Centre. With the launch date set for 24 January it was all systems go. We wanted to put together a programme that reflected the diverse interests of the group, and that has certainly been achieved. Over the next six months Riding Club Centre members will be taking part in the following activities; Badminton International Horse Trials Course Walk, large animal rescue training with the Gloucestershire Fire Service, Bomb-proofing your horse, team combined training competitions, scavenger hunt competition, regular monthly lessons, trailer towing workshop and an adults’ summer camp. “The Tumpy Green BRC Riding Club members are looking forward to sharing experiences and enjoying their passion for horses, with horse owning members, non-horse owning members, and members who do ride and members who don’t ride—this really is a club where everyone can get involved.

With more than 60 people attending our launch event at Stroud Saddlery and in excess of 40 members signing up at the event, there is no stopping us! Stroud Saddlery kindly offered a fantastic 20 percent discount to all shopping on the night, and an ongoing 10 percent discount for all Tumpy Green BRC Riding Club members. Emmaline Pell, gave a very informative talk on Animal McTimoney, and one lucky member received a free treatment for their horse” said Nikki. If you would like to find out more about the BRC Centre Membership Scheme and how it could it work for you:

   

   

 Offering your grassroots riders something more to aim towards, adding to their overall riding enjoyment Increase revenue to the Equestrian Centre Recognised BRC Training Assessments Riders will experience increased health benefits Members will enjoy the camaraderie of membership of a national equestrian organisation BRC Rider magazine delivered quarterly with a dedicated Centre Membership page Membership and NAF loyalty card Centre Interdressage Competition League, with great prizes Opportunity to take part in BRC Area competitions

Please contact Annette Falkingham at British Riding Clubs on: 02476 840518, email: or visit:, where you will be able to find further information and download an application form.

Employment tribunal success for young groom A young groom who brought a successful employment tribunal against her former boss says she hopes her case will highlight to other staff that employment tribunal proceedings can be a feasible way of achieving a resolution of said matters. Jet Mates, who is 21, worked for Jane Heerbeck at her yard in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, from April to June 2012. When Jet resigned, she did not receive her final month’s wages in full. “I was only paid a small amount of what I was owed,” said Miss Mates. “She’d deducted random sums for certain things, such as clearing out my horse’s stable — which I’d done before I left.” Miss Mates was also owed holiday pay. With the help of her father, who is a lawyer, her case was heard at the Leicester employment tribunal on 20 December 2012. The judge ordered that Mrs Heerbeck pay Miss Mates £527 for the “unauthorised deduction” and unpaid holiday pay, plus £401 for failing to provide her with written terms and conditions of her employment. Miss Mates, who now has a job on an event yard, said she was “thrilled” with the results. “It has been very stressful and took a long time. Withholding of wages is a common problem for grooms leaving jobs. I hope this will encourage others to pursue claims and realise that the tribunal service recognises our work is as valid as any other form of employment,” she added. Mrs Heerbeck said she would be appealing the judgement. She did not wish to comment further.

Ensure your clients are as protected as possible with the improved PAS015 hat standard PAS015 is one of the BHS recommended standards for riding hats in the UK. This standard has been greatly improved in the last year and is now available as PAS015:2011. A hat that meets PAS015:2011 has the following improvements over the previous PAS015 standards. The new standard offers: 

30 percent improvement in flat impact protection

28 percent improve in crush resistance protection

20 percent improvement in edge impact protection

In order to meet, and be certified to PAS015:2011, almost every helmet on the market had to undergo some re-design. So, if your client’s hat is ready for replacement, recommend that they purchase the 2011 version and give them that valuable extra protection. The new standard has been filtered out into retailers over the course of the last year and so there is a good chance any recently purchased hat will be the 2011 version.


WE WANT TO PROMOTE YOU! The Equestrian Index is including highlighted listings for all BHS Approved Centres across the UK, but we are sure you have more to shout about. The Directories are dedicated to pointing participants in the right direction and promoting centres with qualified support for those starting to ride, those looking to improve their riding and those who just simply love to ride. Your highlighted business listing is free of charge and as a BHS Approved Centre you will receive a discount on any advertising that you may choose to take in both formats. Tell the members and beyond what you have to offer and why they need your Centre in their lives!

To reward your commitment to providing a high standard Equestrian facility, The Equestrian Index can offer you the following disounted promotional rate to feature your centre in print and online. This 60 x 60 box includes the following benefits:    

Priority placement at head of sections Up to six sections covered online and cross referenced in hardcopy Email & Weblink Full Year covered

Total cost for Approved Yards £350 for the year. Like us and keep in touch via Facebook for prizes, competitions and to promote your events. “Next To Doing The Right Thing, The Most Important Thing Is To Let People Know You Are Doing The Right Thing” - John D Rockefeller For all enquiries please contact Amanda Watson or Robin Finlay Phone: 01568 617740 Email:

The Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA)


he Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) is an award scheme for the British Equestrian Federation designed to recognise the time and effort which young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, that they become equestrian leaders of the future. So far more than 950 candidates aged between 13 and 25 are registered on the scheme and are logging hours at BEF Centres and events all over the country. The award is a fantastic way to experience a wide range of equestrian leadership roles, from coaching and instructing, stable management, mentoring young members, planning and running fundraising events, or even equestrian journalism. Ewan Macauley Through completing my YELA (Bronze, Silver and Gold) I have gained a lot of valuable experiences. I have learnt a lot about working with people and horses and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. As part of my award I was asked to teach the Pony Club Birds achievement badge as it was a badge that not many members of the Morpeth branch held. The session was working towards the goal of teaching members more about the countryside so that in the future, members are some of the more countryside-aware of the population and can hopefully work to conserve the nature of our countryside. The sessions went well as each of the members left with more than enough knowledge to be worthy recipients of their Birds badge. Recently, I have been applying to the veterinary schools as I wish to become a vet. This has made me realize how valuable the YELA can be at showing volunteering in my personal statement. Also, a lot of the volunteering I have

completed for my YELA has been experience with horses that I was able to put down as some of the work experience required by the vet schools. Tierney Carter I have now completed my Bronze and Silver award and I’m currently going on towards Gold. YELA is a great award to work for as you meet so many interesting people. For silver I volunteered with my local driving for the disabled group where I met a whole variety of people, all of whom have a very different story to tell. Every time I went, there were always happy, chirpy people around, eager to work with the horses. I love seeing people’s faces of joy while out on a drive; it gives everyone a chance of participating in a fantastic sport that is both enjoyable and life changing. The other member body I volunteered with was my local Pony Club Centre. It was always a day to look forward to as the young ones constantly put a smile to your face with their bouncing personalities. I love spending time with them teaching them about horses and horsemanship, every time I learnt a bit more and gained some life skills in the process. The experience YELA has given me has allowed me to volunteer at new places for Gold and it’s motivating me to get out and volunteer with other people and member bodies. I’m constantly improving my knowledge and gaining great experience for the future. Katie Midgley YELA has been challenging, but in a good way, and so rewarding. The award had encouraged me to branch out of my comfort zone to meet new challenges and new people and I can honestly say it has been one of the best things I ever signed up for. It has taken me to Windsor Castle as a volunteer groom for the Pony Club’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant where I met people and horses from all over the world. I have unwittingly become a mentor to much younger children

and, in return, I take enormous pleasure from their success. Some people think they will not have the time or the skills to volunteer but I say it’s worth making time. You will learn something, improve the skills you already have and gain further skills along the way and this can only improve your chances of success in the future and your general confidence in meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles. Participating in YELA is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and above all its great fun! If you’d like to register for the award or find out more information visit email or call Matthew Cobble, the Award Coordinator on 01926 405977.


for your Diary

East Midlands Regional Training Dates Wednesday 27 March - PTT Exam Training Day at Brooksby College Equestrian Centre, Leicestershire LE14 2LJ, presented by Becky Johnson BHSI – £30. A day aimed at trainers or exam candidates who have either already booked their Preliminary Teaching Test exam or are thinking of doing so in the near future, giving them an insight of what to expect in an exam situation. Thursday 28 March - Beyond the AI Training Day at Brooksby College Equestrian Centre, Leicestershire LE14 2LJ, presented by Becky Johnson BHSI – £30. A day aimed at BHS AI’s who are thinking of going on to the next level to take their Intermediate Teaching Test and their Stage 4. Covering theory, riding, teaching and practical sessions Friday 5 April - XC/Event Clinic with Caroline Moore FBHS at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Old Dalby, Leicestershire LE14 3LX—£40. Group sessions designed to develop confidence within the partnership using a variety of exercises with poles, small grids, different jumping lines, skinnies, corners, angles, water and steps. The sessions are fun but very educational for all levels of horse/ rider combinations. Wednesday 29 May - PTT Portfolio Day at Rearsby Village Hall, Rearsby, Leicestershire LE7 4YS—£30. Whether you’re close to completing your portfolio or haven’t yet started it, this day will help you. Becky Johnson BHSI and

a Portfolio Assessor will be guiding you through what's required for the PTT and Level 2 Certificate in Coaching (UKCC endorsed) and we will make arrangements for completed portfolios will be signed off. For further details of any of the above please contact Sally Andrews on 01780 764187/07881 956459 or email:

West Midlands Monday 25 March - Continual Professional Development Day at Berriewood Farm, Condover, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5 7NN. The topic of the day is Teaching Children with Becky Johnson BHSI. Anyone is welcome to attend and the day will count as a Refresher for the Register of Instructors. Thursday 27 April - West Midlands Adult Gymkhana Competition at South Staffordshire College, Rodbaston Campus. Why not get a team together to represent your Approved Centre? Can Mercia Treccies lift the Clueso Cup for the third year running or will another team pip them to the post? Teams of four people mounted and one on foot and races include bending, stepping stones and tyre. It’s a chance for everyone to relive your youth and entry is free! For further details of any of the above please contact Andrea Jackman on 01686 627050/07881 661429 or email:

East of England The BHS is hosting an Equine Transport Safety Day on Saturday 13 April , at The National Stud, Newmarket CB8 0XE. The day will cover driver licensing laws, legislation in relation to horseboxes, lorries, trailers, driver

CPD, commercial driving – anything and everything in relation to equestrian vehicles on the road. Also being covered during the day are tyre safety, insurance issues, breakdown and a vehicle inspection of both a horse box and a trailer/towing vehicle combination. Tickets are priced at £15 and include a tour of National Stud (watch out for the early foals) and buffet lunch and refreshments, the booking form can be found on the website Numbers are limited so early booking is advised. Also organised for the spring are some professional training days for those working or aiming to work in the industry, a Portfolio Day on 13 March and a PTT training day on 18 of April are being held at the College of West Anglia, Milton, Cambridgeshire. There is also a Continual Professional Development Day in April at Newton Hall EC, Swilland, Suffolk. The local BHS committees have been busy putting together other events. These include two sessions at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire on what to do in the event of an accident, first focusing on the rider then focusing on the horse. Sessions cost £5 each or both for £8. More details on the website. There are lots of local ‘park and rides’ being organised around the region. To see what’s on in your area, check out the regional pages of the new look BHS website, east. Why not join our facebook page: BHS Eastern or follow me on twitter @janetpamment For further details of any of the above please contact Janet Pamment on 01945 467243/ 07808 141076 or email:

London & the South East CPD Day Monday 8 April - 9.30 - 16.00 Developing the ability to achieve with Clive Milkins. Langshot EC, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8HJ Everyone welcome and day will count as an update for Registered Instructors RI’s £30/all others £35. Limited places. Contact Claire McCaffery-Clarke on for booking form. PTT (UKCC2) Portfolio Workshop Monday 15 April - 10.00 - 16.00 Portfolio Workshop with Oonagh Meyer BHSI, at Crabbet Park Equitation Centre, Turners Hill Road, Worth, West Sussex RH10 4ST. Cost £30 per person. Limited places. For further details of any of the above please contact Claire McCaffery-Clarke on 01323 639920/07808 141073 or email:

South West CPD for Registered Instructors Monday 15 April - Teaching Children with Donald Kear BHSI,

and Helen Barton-Smith BHSI Pippin Equestrian Ltd, Eccliffe, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5RE. Exam Insight & Standard Setting Training We are holding a number of training days for Instructors and candidates to give them a better understanding of the standards require to achieve success when taking/working towards BHS Qualifications. Monday 4 March - Stage 3 (Equitation & Lunging) – Robert Pickles FBHS Monday 11 March - Intermediate Teaching Test – Patrick Print FBHS Monday 18 March - Preliminary Teaching Test – Clare Sansom FBHS Monday 25 March - Stage 1 – Helen Barton-Smith BHSI Monday 29 April - Stage 2 – Helen Barton-Smith BHSI Instructor’s Day in Devon Wednesday 17 April - A lunchtime talk by remedial farrier Simon Moore AWCF will be followed by a practical demonstration on The Horse’s Foot, how it should function and be shod for optimal performance and soundness. For more information and bookings

Do you want us to help market your events? If any BHS Approved Centre in the South would like us to promote events that they are running, training clinics, competitions, lecture demonstrations and so on. Please contact Julie Garbutt in the first instance on 01749 880152 or email Please invite me for a coffee? As the Regional Development Officer, I am conscious that I have not yet visited all our Approved establishments in the South West. It’s a large region and much of my work keeps me in the office but I would love to meet more of you face to face and see your riding centre or livery yard so please do get in touch and invite me to come and see you. For further details of any of the above please contact Julie Garbutt on 01749 880152/07808 141009 or email:

Parc-Le-Breos, Wales Tralee Equestrian Centre, Co Kerry Leacett Cottage Stables, Cumbria Trent Park Equestrian Centre, London Northfield Farm, Derbyshire Burley Villa School of Riding, Hants Leacett Cottage Stables, Cumbria Trent Park Equestrian Centre, London Burley Villa School of Riding, Hants Sparhanger Calliaghstown, Dublin

Exam Dates for 2013 Highland Riding Centre, Inverness Sparhanger Horse Care, Devon Bigland Hall Equestrian, Cumbria Calliaghstown, Dublin Slieve Aughty Riding Centre, Co Galway

contact Eqwest Equine Veterinary Clinic on 01822 613838 or email The full list of training and events being held in the South West Region can be found at

7 March 14 March 20 March 28 March 19 April

Fees Assistant Ride Leader Stage 2 Bolt-On Ride Leader Centre Manager

£141 £86 £165 £244

16 May 21 May 23 May 3 June 6 June 14 June 19 September 14 October 18 October 7 November 14 November

Updated Membership Cash Back Scheme In light of a recent review of the membership cash back scheme where you can receive £5 off for each new member that joins the BHS, it has been decided that the existing process to claim the £5 reward will be simplified to the member joining being required to phone and join and then mention your riding centre/livery yard during the process. We will then record this internally and inform you at the time of renewal if you have had any members join during the year. Unfortunately, we do not have the tracking facilities online at present for members to recommend you, hence why they must call but future IT developments will include this facility. Shortly you will receive another small quantity of membership leaflets and some stickers to apply to the leaflets to prompt the member to call to join and save you some money! Should you have any questions or would like larger quantities of the membership forms please call the Membership team on 02476 840506.

Congratulations …. …. to the following centres which have been nominated by their Regional Inspector for outstanding performance. We would like to pass on our best wishes to the proprietors and staff at these centres: Light Cavalry HAC, Berkshire Abberconwy Equestrian Centre, Conwy

The views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily those of the BHS. Readers are advised to make appropriate enquiries and seek advice before sending any money or incurring any expense or entering into a binding commitment in relation to any advertisement. The British Horse Society shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred or suffered as a result of his or her accepting or offering to accept an invitation contained in any advertisement in Owners’ Outlook.

Fox Meadow, Oxfordshire Brookfield Equestrian Ltd, Berkshire Oneway Livery Services, Bristol Old Manor House Riding School, Oxfordshire Manor Farm Partnership Ltd, Wiltshire Hill Top Equestrian, Salisbury The British Horse Society, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2XZ. Tel: 02476 840500 Email: Website:

If you are centre number 1632, please contact our Approvals team to claim your free gift.

Owners' Outlook, March 2013  

The March 2013 edition of the magazine for BHS Approved Centre proprietors.

Owners' Outlook, March 2013  

The March 2013 edition of the magazine for BHS Approved Centre proprietors.