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British Horse Society Horse Owner’s Certificates

The British Horse Society Horse Owner’s Certificates exams have been withdrawn. These have been replaced by the BHS Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate.

BHS Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate (EHKC):

These new certificates will offer exemption to just 2 of the various units of the professional Stages exams –  i.e. the oraly questioned theory elements of the BHS Stage 2 exam

Our Levels 1 & 2 – (and therefore the Intermediate Diplomas)  provide the majority of the theory knowledge on which those taking professional Stage 1 & 2 exams would be questioned.

  • (i.e. the units which are questioned orally in the Stages and which you can learn very easily from our courses without taking a separate exam)

 Info from the BHS:

  • Those aiming for the new BHS certificates will be required to
  • register their interest up front and pay the required combined course fee for registration on BHS EHKC courses with the instructor running the course
  • They are also required by the BHS to become a BHS Gold member


Should we offer these separate exams in future:

  • Conforming strictly to BHS guidelines, if we offer courses for these certificates we will set up the exam for the EHKC.

We do not use local instructors to invigilate these exams – this is not always ideal for security of the exam in our opionon.  The invigilator (often a person in the education profession) will be unknown to you and is not necessarily a horse person. The invigilator for the BHS exams will bring the exam paper to your home and oversee your exam.

Overseas students

Overseas Lingfield students may, providing approved by the BHS, and providing they fit the criteria, sit these BHS theory exams at the British Council offices in their own country. Once registered, students must contact the British Council personally in their own country of residence to establish availability of exam facilities, venue and costs, all of which must be paid by the student as well as the exam fee stated above. See

South Africa: There are several British Council offices in most main cities.

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