The Association of British Riding Schools
All riding schools, according to law, must hold a licence to operate their business and the Riding Establishments Act 1964 1970 Licence is granted by Local Authorities.
An ‘Approved School’ is an establishment which has been inspected and found to be satisfactory by one of the national Approved Schemes. The Association of British Riding Schools conducts such a scheme, setting a high standard for horse care and requires to be satisfied that the instruction given is well presented and correct. The size of the establishment is immaterial and we have both very large and very small fully approved member schools. Some have only very basic facilities, but provided they meet our high standard of care and attention to both horse and rider, we are happy to accept them as members.
Registered AQA Unit Award Scheme Centre
The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) is a unique recording of achievement scheme, rather than a qualification. It offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate each time a short unit of learning is successfully completed.
There are no limits on:
what can be accredited, as long as it is worthwhile and meaningful for the learner
who can achieve, in terms of age or ability
how long it takes to achieve or when this takes place
how learning can be evidenced.
Flexibility is key with UAS, and our motto is ‘Achievement for All’. We encourage and support learners to show them what they can do, rather than what they can’t.
The Pony Club
The Pony Club is ‘the’ starting place for anyone with an interest in horses and riding, who wants to learn and have fun in a safe and caring environment.
Membership is open to anyone up to the age of 25; from total novices to those with more experience who aspire to the highest standards of riding and horse care, developed by training, assessment and access to a wide range of equestrian sports. Branch membership is for those with access to a horse or pony, and Centre membership is for those without access to a horse or pony.
Find out more about our Pony Club
British Horseback Archery Association Approved School
The BHAA has affiliated centres where tuition can be provided on the centre’s horses or your own. A centre would be expected to have horseback archery specific insurance and a riding school licence.
Find out how you can get involved in Horseback Archery
BHS Qualifications (BHSQ) is an awarding body recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, SQA Accreditation in Scotland, Qualifications Wales (QW) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.
We work in partnership with a variety of organisations, such as The British Horse Society, the British Equestrian Federation and its member bodies, employers and other stakeholders.
- We develop and award industry-recognised, regulated qualifications including Scottish Vocational qualifications, Work Based Diplomas, Equestrian Tourism and Equestrian Coaching qualifications
Our regulated qualifications are delivered by BHSQ Approved Centres within the UK and Northern Ireland. Qualifications can be taken at Assessment Venues, both nationally and internationally.
We offer over 36 qualifications falling within different Award Frameworks:
All qualifications are developed with the governing body, industry experts, employers and users, and we recognise a wide range of entry pathways into our qualifications. Our qualifications are industry-recognised and contribute to horse management and care, riding and coaching in equestrian. Some of our qualifications contribute to the Apprenticeship Framework.
Take a look at our Educational Courses