Leading Assessors of the British Horse Society (BHS) delivered an inspirational conference to Reaseheath College Equine students, promoting the benefits of achieving additional BHS qualifications alongside their diplomas.

During the full day conference on campus, students learned about the BHS qualifications available to them and how they would help develop their careers in the equine industry.

The event was led by BHS Technical Manager Julian Campbell, BHS Head of Education Operations Michele Karmin, and FBHS Equestrian Performance Coach and BHS lead assessor Sam York, who provided students with an overview of the various stages of BHS qualifications, ranging from basic stage 1 to higher performance levels at stage 5.

Sam York, who has achieved all stages of the BHS, explained to students what is required to pass each level and how gaining the additional qualifications resulted in her securing a hugely successful international coaching career, motivating students to undertake the exams themselves.

Reaseheath College’s Equine Curriculum Manager James Rayner, who also holds the BHS qualifications, said: “There is a significant skills shortage within the equine industry around the attainment of higher levels of industry recognised qualifications.

“Reaseheath students can boost their employability prospects through working towards and achieving these BHS qualifications whilst at college through our immersive and robust curriculum and the additional opportunities that are available to them.”

Students at Reaseheath College are well supported in gaining their BHS qualifications. Our Equestrian Centre is a highly commended BHS approved Training and Assessment Centre, and students receive advice and support from our experienced lecturers, many of whom have achieved high level BHS qualifications themselves and have elite international industry experience.

Additionally, students can benefit from support from the British Horse Society, including financial assistance and bursaries, which reduce potential barriers to accessing these qualifications.

BHS Technical Manager Julian Campbell said: “We recognise there is a significant shortfall in the employment sector, meaning there are a lot of jobs but not a lot of people with the correct skills to fill them. By achieving additional BHS qualifications alongside college study, students are preparing themselves academically as well as practically, which is just what the industry needs.”

To find out more about studying Equine at Reaseheath College, including adult Equine short courses, please visit the Equine course page of our website.