British Horse Society launches new professional coach accreditation

British Horse Society launches new professional coach accreditation

Photo of Yogi Breisner supporting launch of BHS accreditation scheme with with Sarah Bullimore. Supplied by British Horse Society


The British Horse Society (BHS) last week launched a new Accredited Professional Coach Membership scheme.


The refreshed scheme replaces the current Register of Instructors, as a direct result of extensive research to find out what coaches and the riding public want and need from BHS accreditation.

With a fresh new look and content, the revitalised BHS accreditation scheme will provide greater value for money with more reasons to become a certified coach.

From today there will be more opportunities for coaches to develop professionally and become leaders in their field, driving innovation in equestrian coaching.

Incorporating feedback from coaches, accreditation fees can now be paid monthly by direct debit to spread the cost over 12 months.

Benefits of joining the scheme have been refreshed and updated and now include:

  • BHS Gold Membership (worth £67 per annum*)
  • Free BHS first aid and safeguarding courses for duration of membership (courses worth up to £146**)
  • Unlimited BHS Accredited opportunities in partnership with BEF member bodies
  • Branded business toolkit
  • Free Accredited Professional Coach Regatta jacket (worth £59.99)
  • Access to a central hub for coaches and partnership with British Equestrian Federation (BEF) member bodies

When existing coaches renew accreditation they will be automatically transferred to the new membership.

Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of the BHS, said: “Education is in the DNA of The British Horse Society. Today’s launch is a major step forward for us.

“By supporting coaches throughout their career, BHS accreditation sets the benchmark for equine coaches across the world.”   

Yogi Breisner, BEF Eventing Performance Manager, added: “The British Horse Society has always been very proactive in supporting and developing equestrian coaches.  The creation of the BHS Accredited Professional is another inspired step which will help to improve the standard of riding and horsemanship.”


* BHS Gold Membership is a required for BHS Accredited Coaches 

** BHS accreditation requires first aid course refreshers every two years, and safeguarding every three years to remain on the current register of instructors. BHS accredited coaches are expected to attend a CPD event every two years to remain on the current Register of Instructors.