Equestrian Services

Kate Vickers - Freelance Riding Instructor / Groom / Equine Physical Therapist - South Lincolnshire

Additional Information

Why choose a BHS registered instructor?

Registered instructors have guaranteed qualifications, First-aid and child Protection certification, up-to-date professional training records and follow a Code of Conduct incorporating a complaints procedure. Registered Instructors also have their instructors insurance through the BHS. There are many instructors operating with no insurance or first aid training. If you were to have a accident whilst riding, then you may not be able to claim any losses, and may not recieve adequate first aid treatment.

What is UKCC?

UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) is a Government initiative to introduce a tiered level of coaching certificates to all sports.

Coaching Outcomes at UKCC level 2

  • Review participants' needs
  • Produce plans for a series of sessions that support    
  • Participants' development in a safe coaching environment
  • Prepare participants for the series of coaching sessions
  • Establish and maintain working relationships
  • Deliver coaching sessions
  • Develop participants' performance
  • Conclude sessions
  • Evaluate participants' performance and the sessions
  • Monitor personal coaching practice

Topic areas to be covered from the generic riding syllabus at level 2

  • Prepare to ride - lead and turn a horse/pony.
  • Check & adjust tack. Adjust stirrups. Adjust reins correctly
  • Correct position in the saddle. Basic suppleness as required in the riding position. .Rhythm and balance maintained through turns and circles. Ride forward. Correct hand/ rein position
  • Warm-up for horse. Free walk. Trot. Canter. Changes of direction, Turns, circles, transitions.
  • Independent seat - balance, security and straightness with and without stirrups in walk, trot and canter.
  • Co-ordinated aids when riding with the reins in one hand.
  • Co-ordinated aid application. Preparation when making transitions.
  • Correct canter strike-offs. 
  • Correctly sized and shaped school figures.
  • Fluent unconstrained work of the horse. Understand and be able to apply diagonals in trot. Recognise leading leg in canter. Simple moving the horse/pony away from the leg exercises. Variations of pace within the trot. Develop free forward movement. Riding in the open and over undulating terrain. 
  • Secure balanced jumping position that does not hinder the horse. Correct use of the reins riding over poles, jumps and a course of fences appropriate length of stirrup.
  • Safe tack & saddlery
  • First aid procedures, reporting. Appropriate dress, working with horses, riding, jumping.
  • Basic knowledge of equine behaviour/ psychology Natural lifestyle.


What is the BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stage 3?

This qualification will provide the holder with the competencies and ability to look after up to four horses in stables and at grass in an unsupervised environment, ensuring that horses, stables, yard and fields are safe and in good order.

What is the BHS Preliminary Teaching Test?

This qualification will provide the holder with the competencies to apply the basic principles of coaching, to improve the rider’s horsemanship skills, following a progressive plan. They will understand the health and safety procedures involved in organising a lesson or hack in the open or on the roads. They will be able to modify sessions to facilitate the ability of the rider in front of them. They will be able to evaluate their own performance and show ability to assess progress in their pupils in an unsupervised environment. Holders will be able to work in a commercial riding establishment or private yard or as a freelance coach.