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British Horse Society logoStart your professional career in riding instruction, stable management, and horse training. Become an internationally certified instructor through the British Horse Society Certification (BHS) program at Stoneleigh-Burnham. Stoneleigh-Burnham is a certified BHS facility and a certified BHS testing center.

Long recognized internationally for setting the highest standards for instruction, the system set forth by the British Horse Society (BHS) complements Stoneleigh-Burnham’s dedication to providing students who aspire to careers in horsemanship with a firm academic footing at the high school level.

Unlike existing certification programs in the United States, the prestigious BHS certification is recognized in thirty-two countries worldwide. Graduates of the program are prepared to take their BHS international examinations in order to earn an international trainer’s passport, which helps qualify them for equestrian careers in management roles across the globe.

The BHS program at Stoneleigh-Burnham has been structured to educate students in all aspects of the horse, horse-care, and competition through classroom lectures on theory, written instruction, and through practical, hands-on demonstrations in the stable, as well as riding instruction in the areas of dressage, cross-country jumping, and stadium jumping. The program is structured in levels which emphasize mastery of skills rather than graded course work. Certification is administered in person by examiners from the United Kingdom, once per year, and exams are pass/fail.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School students who enroll in the BHS program will study under Equestrian Center Director George Halkett. Students attend their regular classes during the school day and attend BHS lectures, riding lessons, and other related activities during their free time. Ideally, students who wish to graduate from Stoneleigh-Burnham with a school degree and the BHS certification should plan to start in ninth grade, however some exceptions with catch-up course work can be made. For particularly dedicated students, it will be possible to graduate with their high school diploma from Stoneleigh-Burnham and a full, certified international trainer’s passport through the BHS.

The BHS certification program is also available to high school graduates.

To learn more about this program, contact George Halkett at ghalkett@sbschool.org or 413-774-2711.