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I am the first to say that qualifications are not the whole story, and talent in training cannot be quantified. They are, however a marker of achievement, and to see that a person is constantly updating and is not stagnant in their thinking.
I love learning and embrace lifelong learning. I am sad that the people I have learned most from are "horsemen" and do not "do" qualifications, even so I seem to have amassed a fistful, some of which are as follows...
  • BHS AI- British Horse Society Riding, Stable Management and Teaching exam, attained in 1985. The BHS offers the most widely acknowledged and respected equestrian qualifications in the world, offering a progressive route from beginner level to world-class standard.
  • BHS II- British Horse Society Riding, Stable Management and Teaching Exam, attained 1995. This qualification provides the holder with the ability to work as a Stable Manager, taking responsibility for yard organisation. They are able to take charge and look after a number of horses and ponies in a variety of situations, ensuring horses, stables, yard and fields are safe and in good order. They have the experience to manage staff and students and show an all round knowledge of business matters relating to the equine industry. They are able to demonstrate the ability to ride, assess and improve horse performance. They are able to ride and train horses for Elementary Dressage, Novice Horse Trials and Newcomers Show Jumping Competitions. Holders of the BHSII are qualified to teach riders up to Elementary level Dressage, Pre-Novice Horse Trials and Discovery Show Jumping.
  • BHS Registered and Insured- The British Horse Society Register of Instructors and Register of Grooms have been setup to benefit both qualified instructors and grooms and the general public. There is an increasing number of unqualified people who are professing to hold BHS qualifications and the publication of these registers will help the general public seeking an instructor or groom to find one with guaranteed qualifications. I also arrange my Public Liability insurance cover through the BHS register scheme. As part of my ongoing inclusion in the BHS register of Instructors I have attended a Child Protection Course, had a Criminal Records Check, attend regular professional and personal development training, and keep my National First Aid at work training up to date.


  • Police equestrian riding and training exams:- Accredited Police rider 1994, Police Intermediate rider 1995. Police Accredited Instructor 1995. Police Advanced rider 2000, Police Advanced trainer 2007. In this role I was responsible for training Police Horses and riders. With the Advanced exams I was Head Trainer for many years of the South Yorkshire Police Mounted Section. In this role I designed training plans, events and courses. I trained trainers for ourselves and also hosted residential courses for other Police Forces. I also became a Police National Assessor, travelling around the country to assess riders for other forces. In this role I trained other assessors. I was able to design training for colleges, as well as for PCSOs to handle stray horses, and for the Fire Service as part of their rescue training. I was also part of the National Training committee deciding and implementing new National Policy.


  • Police Classroom trainer attained 2004. This qualification is to teach adults in the classroom setting, for example new Police recruits. It is broadly equivalent to the PTLLS, or as it has now been updated to a level 3 award in Education and Training. It is an initial teacher training qualification for the lifelong learning sector. The course covers lesson planning, setting up the learning environment, managing group dynamics, learning how to use preferred learning styles to advantage, understanding needs, hopes and expectations of students, and how to include people with different needs.


  • Health and Safety Risk assessor- holding a certificate having passed a Risk Assessment course, enabling me to risk assess prior to any activity,  whenever visiting premisis, and risk assess in action as I teach to accurately manage risk and put appropriate safety measures in place. Attained 1997.
  • NVQ A1 Assessor- Qualification to Assess the National Vocational Qualifications, attained 2009. National Vocational Qualifications were introduced by the government in 1993. Their aim is to produce a clear, coherent and comprehensive system of vocational qualifications that are directly relevant to the needs of the employer.
  • UKCC Level 3- UK Sports Council Coaching Certificate, attained 2010. UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) is a Government initiative to introduce a tiered level of coaching certificates. The levels have attained UKCC endorsement from Sports Coach UK and the qualifications are awarded by Equestrian Qualifications GB Ltd. Coaches are professional trainers and experts in their field.  They are there to help discover what YOU want, and to develop your potential. Rather than imposing a set of beliefs or course of action upon you, a coach will work co-operatively to help you make the decisions to change your performance.
  • NLP Practitioner- Qualified as a certified Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming, attained 2011 and Certified through the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the exploration of how we communicate, think and change with the aim of replicating and improving great performance in any context.


  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Award. Attained 2015 after changing careers to work with children with special educational needs, both in secondary school and primary education. Studying for this award has allowed me to explore how children learn, and how I can effectively design training and implement plans.


  • Level 2 Mental Health Awareness. Attained 2015. It is perhaps surprising to realise just how common it is for people to have mental health issues. With this award I have increased my awareness of mental health difficulties in children and adults, and with that understanding I am able to tailor my approach and provide a supportive and progressive environment for learning.


  • Level 1 Equine Craniosacral Therapy. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. People sometimes ask about the name Craniosacral Therapy and think it only refers to the head. In fact Craniosacral Therapy works with the whole body and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions. I certified in America in December 2017 to have an abilty to understand my own horses and be able to help them. It will, however, aid my understanding of all horses in the way that they move and with issues they may have even though I am not intending to treat horses as a profession.


 Badminton Horse

Charlie learning to be a "Badminton Horse"



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