Where to Ride Want to improve your riding? Want to learn to ride? Don’t have your own horse, but want to go riding? Looking for a day out on horseback or a riding holiday? This section will help you find a riding centre to suit your needs in an area of your choice We have listed riding centres, most of which have been approved by one or more of 3 different approval authorities – Association of British Riding Schools, British Horse Society and Trekking and Riding Society Scotland. Key to Establishments Following the name of each establishment are the initials of the organisation (if any) by which it is approved, ie ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools) BHS (British Horse Society) TRSS (Trekking & Riding Society Scotland) Pony Club Centres.
Those establishments which are approved Pony Club Centres are marked (PC) Approval Organisations Association of British Riding Schools The Association of British Riding Schools has around 400 member schools throughout the UK.
The organisation runs Britain’s longest-established Riding School Approval Scheme and is the only organisation solely representing professional riding school proprietors.
Every ABRS member school has been inspected and approved by one of the Association’s experienced inspectors and all are periodically re-inspected to ensure the riding public are provided with exemplary standards of tuition, training and care for both horse and rider.
The ABRS examinations system offers some of the most valuable and industry relevant qualifications in both stable management and equitation.
ABRS exams give a significant advantage to individuals wanting a career in the equestrian industry as they have actually been created by employers to meet the needs of the industry.
There is a strong focus on practical assessment, with no written papers required.
Separate qualifications for grooms and teachers mean that areas of expertise are clearly defined to enable the candidate to build the depth of practical and theoretical knowledge required for these two distinct sectors.
ABRS qualifications are also a very cost-effective option.
If you wish to take an exam you don’t have to pay to become a member, you just pay a sensible, one-off exam fee for each qualification.
Qualifications have been designed to suit every standard of individual working Member of with horses.
The structure allows candidates to choose Scottish the most appropriate route to their preferred career Equestrian through grooming, stable management, equitation and Association teaching.
A front line campaigner in the fight to keep horse and pony riding in the public eye as a desired sport, the ABRS has a dedicated Scottish committee to ensure that full advantage is taken of the membership opportunities offered under the Scottish Equestrian Association. British Horse Society The system of approving equestrian establishments has 2 main objectives.
The first is to lay down standards for riding establishments to ensure that clients are well served.
To qualify for BHS approval, yards must meet the highest standards of instruction, safety and horse care, as appropriate.
The BHS Approved Riding Schools programme aims to raise standards of instruction in riding establishments.
The second objective is to support riding schools and livery yards, advising on good practice and keeping them up to date with new legislation.
The BHS also represents the industry to government, lobbying for a fair deal on such matters as rates and planning guidance.
The BHS runs annual regional conferences for proprietors of all BHS Approved Establishments, where current topics are explored and discussed.
The programme now includes well over 700 establishments across the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, Crete, Dubai, Malaysia and the USA.
All BHS Approved Riding Schools, Where To Train Centres and Livery Yards are listed on the BHS website. What does the Approvals department of BHS do for you? • Promotes better riding and horse care through the Progressive Riding Tests. • Provides details of BHS approved establishments in your area – See publication ‘Where to Ride, Train and Stable your Horse.’ • Publishes comprehensive lists of all BHS approved riding/training establishments in the UK and abroad. • Offers advice on how to set up an approved riding establishment.
Send SAE for details to BHS Approvals Dept, Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 2XZ). 74 The Scottish Equestrian Directory 2006 Where to Ride Trekking & Riding Society Scotland Photo courtesy of TRSS
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