The British Horse Society’s new equine-specific first aid course has caught the eye of some of Britain’s top trainers and competitors.

Richard Meade, Mark Phillips and Karen Dixon have all signed up to the one-day first aid course that has been developed with the needs of the horse industry in mind.

The courses are going to be held throughout the UK by trainers who have expertise in horse-related injuries and accidents.

The day will include generic first aid skills and requirements in the morning and horse-specific first aid in the afternoon.

This new annual course will form an alternative to the existing Health and Safety Executive First Aid at Work certificate for instructors wishing to be included on the BHS Register of Instructors.

The course will also be relevant to examiners, grooms, competitors, fence judges, volunteers and anyone else involved with horses.

Costs of the course is as follows:

£30 – BHS Registered Instructors
£30 – Proprietors of BHS Approved Centres
£37 – BHS Gold Members
£40 – Riding Club Members
£50 – Others

The following courses have been confirmed with more expected to be arranged according to demand.

  • 12 February Burgie Event Centre Burgie House, Inverness, Morayshire.
  • 19 February TM International School of Horsemanship Sunrising Riding Centre, Liskeard, Cornwall.
  • 26 February Brackenhurst College Southwell, Notts.
  • 2 March Gleneagles EC Auchterarder, Perthshire.
  • 7 March Mannix Stud Waltham, Canterbury, Kent.
  • 12 March Cloud Stables Arborfield, Reading, Berks.
  • 20 March Witham Villa Broughton Astley, Leics.
  • 30 March Gleneagle EC West End, Southampton, Hants.
  • 9 April Warwickshire College Moreton Morrell, Warks.
  • 23 April Pencoed College Bridgend, Mid Glam.
  • 2 July Warwickshire College Moreton Morrell, Warks.
  • 3 September Cloud Stables Arborfield, Reading, Berks.
  • 11 September Witham Villa Broughton Astley, Leics.
  • 17 September Pencoed College Bridgend, Mid Glam.
  • 3 October Mannix Stud Waltham, Canterbury,Kent.
  • 12 October Gleneagle EC West End, Southampton, Hants.
  • 22 October TM International School of Horsemanship Sunrising Riding Centre, Liskeard, Cornwall.
  • 12 November Brackenhurst College Southwell, Notts.

For an application form contact Lisa Dixon (tel: 08701 20 22 44) BHS Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 2XZ, or email L.Dixon@bhs.org.uk.