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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

Desperate to teach?

 Hi.

I have decided that I really want to become a Horse riding instructor when I grow up. People say you don't get enough money and stuff like that but I don't really care. I am only 11, but some of the exams leading up to the teaching certificates are only in three years time.  How can I fulfil my dream as a professional riding instructor? What education do I need?

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Desperate to teach?

Why dont you have a chat to the British Horse Society who will give you the information you require as they are the main governing body to do with exams, so best of luck.

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*chip*

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Re: Desperate to teach?

the BHS do a load of exams to do with teaching, and you can go 2 different routes to get there, either by doing the BHS stage 1 and 2 exams and then the PTT (preliminary teaching test) then moving through the other exams to become a BHSAI (advanced instructor) or you can do an NVQ in stable care AND Riding (has to be both) then get direct entry to the PTT and then i think the route is similar after that =)

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Bardybear

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Bardybear says:

Re: Desperate to teach?

I'd ring the BHS as you're saying you can start with your Stage 1 when you're 14 then, which sounds a bit young to me (I may be wrong).  I'd have thought you'd have to be 16, unless you can go in the evenings otherwise you'd be at school still.  But yes, work your way up through the stages (the show jumping heights are higher for the BHS exams than they are for the NVQ) and then do your PTT which requires you to have done so many teaching hours in order to pass.  You will have to do lots of mucking out along the way, though, it isn't all teaching, so be prepared. 

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Desperate to teach?

go on the bhs website- you will need to do all the stages- its very clear the route to become a qualified instructor. while you weight- as they prefer if you are atleast 15 before you sit the stage 1 exam, try and find somewhere where you can do pony club levels- as these are very useful first step, much of which covers stage 1 bhs. i did some training to take stage 1, when i was sixteen, mostly just to brush up on the right ways to do things. but there were plenty of people there who worked at the yard while they got training, so they got free teaching, as otherwise it can be quite expensive. the yard was a big centre with livery and riding school, so had great instructors, horses to ride of different levels and provided training teaching hours for them to learn to teach.  there are quite alot of yards that offer these soughts of apprentiships once you reach 16, often with accomodation. but im afraid youve got a bit of a weight! so just enjoy horses, and pick up tips from more expirienced people                                             

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CopperFieldLady

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Re: Desperate to teach?

The BHS way is your best route in my opinion. The stages will give you all the basic (and not so!) info on the ground and riding wise. I am looking into gaining my PTT, and then eventually BSHAI. The exams are not cheap, but well-worthwhile if this is the job you want to do. You will also need to find somewhere to train... lots of Riding Centres offer courses, as well as some agricultural college, where you will be required to live on-site and train for your exams that way. It is hard, hard work, and there is no easy way to go about getting it, but I do think it could be a v.rewarding job.

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Fi & Smartass

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Re: Desperate to teach?

 I'd say that the most widely recognised and accepted route is the BHS route and so this is probably the best way to go. Not saying there's anything wrong with the NVQ route or that it won't prepare you for teaching, but a lot of people aren't too aware of what's involved with it and so are wary of taking people on that have gone that route.

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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

Re: Desperate to teach?

 Thank you for the replies they have been really helpful- I will go and check out the BHS site now.

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