The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched an Accredited Professional Coach Membership scheme to replace its current register of instructors.
The BHS says the new initiative is a “direct result” of research and consultation “to find out what instructors and the riding public want and need from BHS accreditation”.
BHS chief executive Lynn Petersen, 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.”
The organisation says the new scheme will provide better value for money for members, and “more reasons to become a certified instructor”.
A spokesman added: “From today there will be more opportunities for coaches to develop professionally and become leaders in their field, driving innovation in equestrian coaching.”
Accreditation as a “professional coach plus”, the highest tier available, costs £364 per year, although members can get a discount by setting up a £28 per month direct debit.
This price includes BHS gold membership, “opportunities in partnership with BEF member bodies”, first aid and safeguarding courses, a jacket and a “business toolkit”.
BEF eventing performance manager Yogi Breisner said: “The British Horse Society has always been very proactive in supporting and developing equestrian coaches.
“The creation of the BHS accredited professional [scheme] is another inspired step which will help to improve the standard of riding and horsemanship.”
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BHS accredited coaches must undertake first aid refresher training every two years, and safeguarding every three years, to remain on the current register.
Members are also expected to attend a continuing professional development event every two years to remain on the current register.
Instructors on the register will be offered the chance to join the new scheme and are invited to call the BHS on 02476 840565.