Darrell Scaife has joined the elite group of just 53 individuals who hold the title of Fellow of the British Horse Society (BHS).

He passed the exam, which is one of the highest professional qualifications within the equestrian industy, at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell on 20 February.

In addition to his role as Director of Riding at Stonar School in Wiltshire, Darrell is British Eventing under-18 regional coach and a Pony Club eventing coach. He also works as a freelance coach and rider and has produced event horses from novice to international level.

Darrell described the two-day exam as: “A positive experience; gruelling, but a fair test and affirmation of my own training techniques and coaching philosophy.”

To gain his Fellowship, Darrell had to demonstrate his training philosophies with a young horse, as well as riding and assessing horses for dressage and coaching a range of horse/rider combinations in dressage, showjumping and cross-country, in front of four senior BHS assessors, who were all BHS Fellows.

Carole Broad, chief assessor at the exam, identified Darrell’s distinguishing qualities as “having empathy and harmony with the horse and a real desire to make the horse’s job easier.”

Lynn Petersen, BHS Chief Executive, added: “We are very proud to welcome Darrell as a Fellow of The British Horse Society. He has joined an illustrious corps of equestrians with a distinguished history.”