Maren Vogel ’17 has successfully completed her British Horse Society (BHS) and earned Distinction Certificates in Stages 2-3 Horse Knowledge Care and Riding.

BHS Distinction Certificates recognize outstanding achievement and are awarded to candidates who achieve all units that complete an examination in their first attempt at the same stage, reflecting excellent industry competency.

Maren Vogel '17 (right) with British Horse Society coach and equestrian director George Halkett.

Maren Vogel ’17 (right) with British Horse Society coach and equestrian director George Halkett.

Vogel will complete her senior year at Stoneleigh-Burnham School training for her BHS International Teaching Certificate with coach and Equestrian Director George Halkett.

Stoneleigh-Burnham is unique in offering education in the world-renowned BHS program, which complements the school’s dedication to providing students who aspire to careers in horsemanship with a firm academic footing at the high school level.

In 2013, Stoneleigh-Burnham became the first and only U.S. secondary school to teach the BHS and to be designated as a BHS-approved livery yard, riding school and facility.

In 2016, Stoneleigh-Burnham became a testing center for the BHS. It is one of only two BHS testing sites in the U.S.

The BHS system is long recognized internationally for setting the highest standards for riding instruction, stable management, and horse training. Our equestrian center has been assessed against detailed criteria and recognized as being well managed, offering first-rate care and high levels of horse husbandry, and showing general good practice throughout, and equestrian center staff has met the BHS high standards for training, qualification, and safety.

Unlike existing certification programs in the U.S, the prestigious BHS certification is recognized in 32 countries worldwide. Graduates are prepared to take their BHS international examinations to earn an international trainer’s passport, allowing them to begin equestrian careers in management roles across the globe. 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.

To learn more about the BHS at Stoneleigh-Burnham click here or contact George Halkett at or 413-774-2711.

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