equestrian tourism qualifications available through British
Horse Society Approved stables in Scotland
Equestrian Tourism (BET) qualifications offer a recognised standard
of competence when attracting clients to the tourism industry and
will benefit any establishment offering trekking and/or horse riding
as a facility. BET examinations are being held in Scotland on 4
and 11 March at the British Horse Society Approved Strathearn Stables,
Crieff in Perthshire, with optional pre-examination training available
in the run-up. Child Protection and First Aid courses are also catered
examinations are set at three levels and will test the candidates'
competence in taking out a ride and treks, either as an assistant
or in charge, their ability to communicate and advise novice riders,
their knowledge of health and safety issues and experience in assisting
in running a tourism/trekking centre.
Ride Leader - designed for those working full or part time in the
industry. The holder of this certificate is competent to take out
a ride, a short trek or a hack of no more than two hours duration
(provided the staff to client ration does not exceed 1:6) or to
assist a Ride Leader on longer rides. An assistant should be a sensible,
safe person who is able to communicate with and help first time
riders as well as assisting in the basic day to day running of a
tourism/ trekking /riding holiday centre.
Leader - A ride leader is someone who is able to take sole charge
of first time riders or more experienced riders. He or she must
have a sound knowledge and awareness of safety, of looking after
groups of horses and clients in the yard and out on a ride. He or
she should be capable of taking charge of a centre in the owner's
absence for a temporary period not exceeding one month.
Centre Manager - This is someone who is able to operate, as either
manger or owner, a riding holiday centre both from the practical
as well as financial aspects. He or she is an expert to whom others,
including tourist organisations, can turn to for advice.
interested in taking part in the BET examinations should contact
Chris Doran in the BHS Approvals Office on (tel: 01926 707794).
For pre-examination training contact Strethearn Stables, Crieff
Hydro Ltd on (tel: 01764 651616). Information on Riding & Road
Safety tests, Equine Specific First Aid, Child Protection and other
courses in Scotland should contact BHS Scotland Development Officer
Helene Mauchlen on (tel: 01764 656334) or email: H.Mauchlen@bhs.org.uk