The British Horse Society (BHS) has awarded training bursaries, worth £2,500 in total, to six assistant instructors.

The bursary scheme aims to encourage registered BHSAIs to achieve the Intermediate Instructor Certificate. Fees for the Horse Knowledge and Care, Riding Stage 4 examinations and the BHS Intermediate Teaching Test will all be paid for by the BHS.

The BHS Director of Standards Margaret Linington-Payne said: “I am delighted to offer this opportunity for hardworking AIs to progress. We had a large number of applicants which made the choice difficult and we hope to repeat this in years to come.”

BHS registered instructors holding full BHSAI Certificates are eligible for the scheme. This year’s applicants submitted an up-to-date CV and covering letter and nominated two referees, one of whom had to be the proprietor of a BHS Approved Riding Centre.

The recipients of this year’s bursaries are :

  • Rachel Wilson, West Sussex
  • Kay Livesey, Lancashire
  • Louise Emma Pearson, West Yorkshire
  • Vicky Gladwin, Cornwall
  • Jo Williams, Wiltshire
  • Claire Greenan, Co. Fermanagh

Meanwhile, the BHS has welcomed a new Fellow into its elite group of top trainers. Elizabeth Winter, who is more commonly know as Lizzel, has become one of the societies youngest Fellows at the age of 38. Her qualification brings the total number of BHS Fellows worldwide to 59.

The British Horse Society’s Chairman and Fellow Patrick Print said: “We are delighted to have Elizabeth as a new Fellow and send our congratulations to her. She is young and has fantastic knowledge of and enthusiasm for equestrianism, coupled with being a first-class coach.”

Winter is proprietor and chief instructor of the Severn Vale Equestrian Centre, in Chepstow, Gwent. She had to undertake two gruelling days of intense examination, in which she had to show her commitment to the training and education of the horse and rider in all spheres of equestrianism.

She said afterwards: “I am over the moon. Now I have passed, I plan to play a full part in the Fellows’ Association. I am passionate about riding schools and the BHS riding system.”

  • The BHS is asking individuals who are considering taking part in the prestigious BHS Fellows exam in 2006 to contact the examinations office (tel: 01926 707783)

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