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Education at Conquest Centre is suitable for all ages and all abilities.  We deliver tailored educational packages in a practical, outdoor setting and help our students to develop appropriate, transferrable skills.

BHS Stage 1 Training

Conquest Centre now offers BHS Stage 1 training. We offer tuition, practical experience and exams on-site for people aged 14 upwards.

Taking these exams is a great way of improving your equine skills and knowledge and gaining recognised qualifications. The BHS Stage 1 qualification will provide you with the competencies to apply basic principles of horse care. Working under supervision, you will gain basic knowledge and practice of looking after a ‘well-mannered’ horse in the stable and at grass. You will also become capable of riding an experienced horse or pony in an enclosed space.

The BHS Stage exams are made up from units and small qualifications. You may choose to sit all the units leading to a qualification in one go, or you may prefer to ‘pick and mix’ taking the various units over time. You will be able to ‘bank’ units and will receive unit certificates. When all the relevant units for your Stage 1 qualification have been achieved, the qualification certificate will be awarded. If you are unsuccessful in one unit you will only have to re-sit that unit again. Before applying for your exam, you’ll need to become a Gold or Gold Junior member of the BHS.

For more information about BHS Stage 1 training, please get in touch with Jessica Dixon on jess@conquestcentre.org.uk.

You can join the BHS here: www.bhs.org.uk/membership


Our students can learn and progress through the Riding for the Disabled Association syllabus of proficiency tests in both riding and horse care.  These certificates are carefully designed to ensure inclusivity and flexible learning.  All the learning for these takes place at Conquest Centre, often during the course of a regular riding or horse care session.

You can check out the RDA’s website here https://www.rda.org.uk/


We will shortly be offering our own syllabus of badges.  We are still designing them at the moment, so here’s a photograph of Delia (one of our therapy hens), taking a nap in the office to entertain you until they are ready.