Training Opportunities

Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre is a fully licensed, British Horse Society (BHS) and Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) approved Centre. This status allows us to deliver a full and varied training program.

For children we offer structured learning through The Pony Club.

For over 16’s we offer a program of full and part time diploma’s levels 1 and 2. Our diploma program is delivered in association with Bridgewater College.

We are currently able to offer free diploma training. This training is open to anyone over 16. Places are strictly limited so register your interest with Renee or Naomi as soon as possible. Diploma’s can be completed full and part time, and give a great foundation to your equestrian journey.

Are you interested in working with horses?

We offer  Diploma Training  in partnership with Bridgewater College (T & C apply).
We have secured funding to offer adults free courses, however places strictly limited.
Open to anyone over 16.
Diploma’s can be completed full or part time
Gain a practical qualification and work experience in a college approved training centre
At the centre, we have excellent training facilities, and can help you build a program around your commitments. The courses are suitable for anyone who wishes to study horse care in the work place. You will study a range of topics that will enable you to work safely and effectively with horses. The topics studied will include assisting with routine stable management and husbandry tasks, safe handling practices, riding, recognition of tack, its use and cleaning etc.

All assessments are practically based while working on the yard, there are no exams at the end of the programme. Time will be spent building a portfolio to provide evidence of your knowledge.

The programme allows you to work at your own pace within a commercial environment. The course is 1 year long for levels 1 and 2 and 2 years for level 3.

Horse Care Level 1 Work-Based Diploma

Who is the course for? This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to study horse care in the work place rather than attending a full time college course. Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre is an approved training centre for Bridgewater College.

What will I study on the course? You will study a range of topics that will enable you to work effectively and safely with horses. The topics studied will include assisting with routine stable management, assisting with routine husbandry tasks, safe handling practices, recognition of tack and its use and cleaning, health & safety and developing effective working relationships. Some students may also be given the opportunity to complete ridden units. The programme is based in an approved training centres so you will be learning in an industry based commercial environment.

What other skills will I acquire? You will work effectively within a team while increasing your skills with in the equine industry. Focus will be put on health and safety aspects and maintaining working relationships with your colleagues and supervisors.

What will I need for the course? You will need a range of GCSEs in the D – G range or basic skills at Entry Level 3. A general interest in working with horses & some practical experience is also required. Entry is also subject to a successful interview at a Bridgwater College approved training centre (Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre).

You will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of why you want to work with horses and the enthusiasm to achieve within the industry.

What makes this course special? This is a practical horse based course which will allow you to experience work in the equine industry while training. There are no exams at the end of the programme, all assessment is either coursework or practically based.

What do our students say? The programme allows you to work at your own pace within a commercial environment. It is a practical course and so you can see the relevance of the topics within your own workplace.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed through completion of coursework and practical assessments while working on the yard.

How long is the course? The course is one year in length.

What can I do on completion of this course? Students who successfully attain the Level 1 programme can progress on to the Level 2 programme. Alternatively you could apply to progress on to a full time horse management programme at Bridgwater College.

Horse Care Level 2 Work-Based Diploma

What will I need for the course? You will need to have achieved the NVQ / Diploma Level 1 in Horse Care or BHS Stage 1 certificate. Entry is also subject to a successful interview at a Bridgwater College approved training centre (Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre).

You will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of why you want to work with horses and the enthusiasm to achieve within the industry.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed through completion of course work and practical assessments while working on the yard.

How long is the course? The course is one year in length.

What can I do on completion of this course? Students who successfully attained Level 2 can enter the industry or progress on to the Level 3 programme. Alternatively you could apply to progress on to a full-time horse management programme at Bridgwater College.

How do I find out more about any of the Diploma courses? For more information please contact Renee or Naomi at the centre.

We run a program of British Horse Society Training

BHS Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding Stage 1

This is a rolling program allowing people to join at any point. This is a great course for people planning to buy a horse and wanting to ensure a solid foundation to their knowledge. So even if you do not want to take the exam, this might be the course for you.

For those wanting to work in the equine field in the future its a great starting point.

We will be covering all aspects of Stage 1, theory and practical, ridden and stable management.

This qualification will provide the holder with the competencies to apply basic principles of horse care. Working under supervision, the holder will have basic knowledge and practice of looking after a well-mannered horse in the stable and at grass. The holder will be capable of riding an experienced horse or pony in an enclosed space.

Holders of the Stage 1 Horse Knowledge, Care and/or Riding Certificate will be able to progress to BHS Stage 2 Certificate in Horse Knowledge, Care and/or riding. The Stage 1 certificate is recognised in its own right and provides a benchmark standard to employers. It is also a component part of the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certificate.

The BHS Stage exams are made up from units and small qualifications. Candidates may choose to sit all the units leading to a qualification in one day, or they may prefer to “pick and mix” units.

Details of the BHS Horse Knowledge, Care & Riding Stage 1 can be found at;

https://www.bhs.org.uk/Training_and_Qualifications/BHS_Examinations_and_Qualifications.aspx

BHS Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding Stage 2

This qualification will provide you with competencies to apply general principles for the management of horses’ health and well being. Working under regular but not constant supervision, you will be able to care for stabled and grass-kept horses during all seasons of the year. You will be able to ride an experienced horse or pony in the open as well as in a manège or indoor school.

You must be at least 16 years old and have completed BHS Stage 1 to take this exam. Before entering the riding section you must also have completed your BHS Riding and Road Safety Test.

When you achieve the Stage 2 Horse Knowledge, Care and/or Riding Certificate you will be able to progress to BHS Stage 3 Certificate in Horse Knowledge, Care and/or Riding. The Stage 2 Care Certificate is also recognised as a qualification in its own right and is a technical certificate for the Equine Apprenticeship. The Horse Knowledge & Riding Stage 2 is a prerequisite for the BHS Preliminary Teaching Test and is a component part of the BHS Assistant Instructor Certificate.

The BHS Stage exams are made up from units and small qualifications. You may choose to sit all the units leading to a qualification in one day, or you may prefer to ‘pick and mix’ units.

You will be able to ‘bank’ units and will receive unit certificates. When all the relevant units for a qualification have been achieved, the qualification certificate will be awarded. If you are unsuccessful in one unit you will only have to resit that unit again.

Details of the BHS Horse Knowledge, Care & Riding Stage 2 can be found at;

https://www.bhs.org.uk/Training_and_Qualifications/BHS_Examinations_and_Qualifications.aspx

BHS Riding and Road Safety

Please book early to avoid dissapointment as our last test booked up very quickly. This is essential training for anyone who wishes to ride on the road. It also covers the Riding & Road Safety element for those wishing to take the Pony Club C test and beyond.

This is an essential exam for anyone who is planning to ride on the road . Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport. It is probably the only test that any rider will undertake that has the potential to save not only their own life but that of their horse and other road users as well. It is not essential to own a horse in order to take the test, as horse hire is available.

Candidates do not have to be BHS members. Candidates applying to take the test must book a place with the BHS at least 28 days in advance of the test date.

There are three parts to the test:

The Theory Test – This is usually a written test with questions covering the Highway Code, the Riding and Roadcraft Manual, and the rules of riding on the roads.

The Simulated Road Route – This part takes place in off road conditions. It is designed to test the rider’s ability to ride appropriately on the road. This includes observations, signalling, manoeuvring and negotiating a series of hazards that they may encounter on the roads.

The Road Route – Once the candidate has demonstrated an understanding of road safety in the first two sections they can attempt a set route on the roads to demonstrate their competence in dealing with vehicles and other hazards.

Please Note: You need to book directy with the BHS as well as Tumpy Green in order to secure your place.

Please note you will need to complete a training session and the test to pass the certificate.

Download an application form from the BHS website and book directly with BHS for the exam and training, however please ensure you also book in with the Centre as there are maximum numbers allowed

The ABRS Care Awards are designed for riders who wish to help out with lessons at their riding school. They are based on a log book and will be tested in-house by a member of staff over a period of time. There is no time limit for completion.

The contents of the log books are designed to encourage helpers to develop increasing competence in assisting before, during and after lessons and a growing awareness of Health and Safety around the yard.

There are 3 levels of tests:

  • Entry minimum age 10
  • Intermediate minimum age 12
  • Senior minimum age 14

We run specific training days for our younger members, or you can complete your log book while being a Day Helper. Both the specific Training Days and the Day Helpers are £25 per day 9.30am – 4.30 pm

On completion each logbook will be submitted to the ABRS Head Office with a small fee, to be paid directly to ABRS.  You will receive an A4 certificate and a record of your achievement will be kept in ABRS files.