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British equine qualifications in the UAE seem a little like British buses – you wait for ages and none come along- then two arrive together. Right now, we’re lucky enough to have two top UK qualifications available in the UAE, so The Show Hub decided it was time to find out more.

 

The British Horse Society Equine Excellence Pathway

What is the name of the qualification? 

 

The world-renowned British Horse Society Equine Excellence Pathway offers the opportunity to progress your career, learning practical real-world skills within a structured platform. The British Horse Society guides, advises, and supports you through every stage of your development. 

 

Qualifications begin with Stage 1, going up to Stage 5 in complete horsemanship to the ultimate goal, The FBHS fellowship is the highest

qualification and honour in the equestrian world. What is the authority governing the qualification? The British Horse Society. Who do the courses attract? Whatever your career aspirations; caring for horses, riding professionally, or coaching the next generation, there's a pathway for you. Equestrian people in the GCC region now have the opportunity to gain BHS qualifications that are recognised worldwide. What is the history of the qualification? The patron of The British Horse Society is HM Queen Elizabeth ll. The society was founded in 1947, and has since grown to become the largest and most influential equestrian charity in the world. It aims to protect and promote the interests of all horses and those that care about them, based on core foundations of education, welfare, and safety.qualification and honour in the equestrian world. 

What is the authority governing the qualification? 

 

The British Horse Society. 

 

Who do the courses attract? 

 

Whatever your career aspirations; caring for horses, riding professionally, or coaching the next generation, there's a pathway for you. Equestrian people in the GCC region now have the opportunity to gain BHS qualifications that are recognised worldwide. 

 

What is the history of the qualification? 

 

The patron of The British Horse Society is HM Queen Elizabeth ll. The society was founded in 1947, and has since grown to become the largest and most influential equestrian charity in the world. It aims to protect and promote the interests of all horses and those that care about them, based on core foundations of education, welfare, and safety. 

Where in the UAE can students’ study? 

 

Sharjah Equestrian Centre, Emirates Equestrian Centre, and Al Forsan Equestrian are all accredited to the BHS through its Approved Centre Scheme. These centres offer training for a range of BHS qualifications and assessments. 

 

What is the course duration? 

 

All the Approved Centres in the UAE offer training courses, with duration dependent on the level of individual experience and frequency of riding and accessing horses. 

 

How is the course assessed? 

 

Modular practical assessment is carried out independently by British Horse Society appointees BHS Approved. 

 

What can attendees expect?

 

Each centre in the UAE offers full support for practical and theory from BHS-qualified staff to the appropriate level for the training being provided.

 

 How is the course supported in the UAE?

 

Help, advice, and support are always available from BHS in the UK. The society’s website 'Resource Hub' offers a video library, where you can find practical hands-on tutorials to support your learning progression. The BHS Book Shop also offers a series of Complete Horsemanship training books.

UAE is supported by visiting UK deliver up-to-date training for coaches known as Professional Development Days. This was hosted by Emirates Equestrian Centre. 

 

Has the course run already in the UAE? If so, what is the success rate?

 

Assessments have taken place at Sharjah Equestrian Centre and Al Forsan. All the previous equestrian courses have always been fully booked with a waiting list. 

 

What happens if a candidate fails?


 

All candidates receive clear and positive feedback and can re-apply to take individual sections. 

 

What qualifications do successful candidates obtain and how useful is this globally? 

 

Students can gain internationally-recognised coaching qualifications which in many countries are a pre-requisite to being an equestrian coach. 

 

How much does it cost? 

 

Costs vary according to the assessment being taken.

 

All criteria can be found on the BHS Website www.bhs.org.uk. Candidates must belong to the society, with overseas membership starting from £28. 

 

How do I sign up? The BHS representative is Caroline Pope. You can email her on carolinepope3090@aol.com UAE assessments are scheduled for spring, 2019 (dates/venue to be confirmed). Sharjah Equestrian Centre offers training courses for Stages 1 and 2, beginning Jan 20, 2019. Email: rs@serc.ae

 

United Kingdom coaching certificate (UKCC)

What is the name of the qualification? 

 

The qualification is the SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification).  

 

Who is the authority governing the qualification? 

 

The qualification is governed by Horse Scotland and Scotland’s premier rural education facility – Oatridge College.  

 

Who is attracted to the course? 

 

The UKCC course is purposefully and impressively inclusive. All who are looking to make a career in equestrian coaching are welcome to take the course. It’s a really great opportunity for those who don’t have English as a first language as they are helped with translation from Arabic to English. The course materials can even be completed through oral recordings, enabling those with learning difficulties to take part. As the course is based solely on a candidate’s coaching ability, and there’s no riding required, it’s fantastic for those who are unable to ride for health or medical reasons.

Where in the UAE can you take the course? 

 

The course is run through the friendly and well-equipped Dhabian Equestrian Club. The facility has 40+ horses and students of all abilities are always on hand to work with course candidates. It also has one of the country’s few indoor riding arenas, so the course can run regardless of the weather. For the theory sessions, DEC offers a purpose-built classroom with WiFi and full study amenities. Breakfast and lunch, as well as tea, coffee, and refreshments are provided.  

 

What is the course duration?

 


The UKCC Level 1 course takes a total of three-months. The course begins with three days of on-site training with the highly-qualified UK coaches. During this time, the coaches talk through the principles of coaching and the portfolio, train candidates in use of the on-line platform, and – through several practical sessions – assist and guide candidates in developing their coaching technique. 

How is the course supported in the UAE? 

 

Candidates have a series of support options for candidates. As a large percentage of the course is on-line, the Dhabian team and the UK assessors are always on hand to help with any issues, whether by email, phone call, Whatsapp, or even in person at the centre.  The team at Dhabian can also provide horses and students for any extra coaching or training sessions candidates feel they need. During the last 2018 course, two additional coaching sessions were provided for a couple of candidates who wanted more practice and didn’t have the opportunity to coach regularly in their daily schedule.  

 

Has the course run already in the UAE? If so, what is the success rate? 

 

The course has had a phenomenal success rate, with 99% of the first batch and 100% of the second all passing Level 1, a fantastic result! Made possible by the work and commitment they all put in to achieve this outstanding success. 

What happens if a candidate fails?

 

If candidates fail, they are supported fully by going over the issues, working with them, and then, as soon as they’re ready, re-booking for another assessment during the next available session.  

 

What qualification do successful candidates obtain and how useful is it globally? 

 

The qualification is SVQ and is internationally recognised

 

How much does the course cost? 

 

Coach educators are brought from the UK and therefore travel costs will vary the price of the course. 

 

How can I sign up? 

 

For more information on upcoming courses please contact: info@dhabianequestrianacademy.com Tel: +971 563 313 022 

Once the initial training is completed, students go home and complete the portfolio, while continuing to practice their coaching techniques. Throughout this time, candidates have 24/7 on-line help from the coach educators and the Dhabian team. Once all candidates have completed their portfolios, the assessment is booked and the coach educators return from the UK for the assessment of coaching skills and a short interview. Once candidates have passed, it’s simply a matter of uploading the final assessment papers to the on-line platform and waiting for the certificate. Level 2 involves considerably more work. This course takes around six months to complete and requires candidates to plan and document their chosen student’s progress over the period. The UK assessors visit three times to assist and advise on candidate progress.  

 

How is the course assessed? 

 

Once the candidates have successfully completed the on-line portfolio for Level 1, the coach educators return from the UK to observe candidates as they coach a pre-planned 20-minute lesson. They also ensure candidates have correctly covered all the criteria given in the guidelines and that everything is clearly understood by the students. 

What can attendees expect? 

 

For Level 1, the course portfolio is completed on-line at the candidate’s convenience, giving a really solid overview of the principles of coaching, coaching safety, effective communication, safe equipment use, equestrian knowledge, and the expectations of the coach. It’s not a huge portfolio, but candidates have up to three months to complete it, recognising that many people have significant work and family obligations. However, if all the candidates do all complete the course work in a shorter time, coaches can be brought out sooner for the assessment phase. 

 

Godolphin Flying Start is a two-year, full-time international management and leadership training programme for the Thoroughbred industry. Founded in 2003 it is the brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Twelve candidates are selected annually to receive the scholarship, which includes course fees, accommodation, transport, health insurance and a monthly allowance.

 

Godolphin Flying Start is dedicated to recruiting the most talented people worldwide, and to give them professional training and experience unmatched by any other. In turn this aims to achieve Godolphin’s vision of producing committed industry leaders working in existing and emerging markets contributing to the long-term success of the Thoroughbred industry.

 

Accredited by University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Godolphin Flying Start has had many successful alumni. The blend of professional, personal and experiential learning in a Thoroughbred business environment across five countries is a model for success. To date there are 142 graduates of the programme, soon to be 152 when the 2015 – 2017 trainees graduate on June 30 2017. 

Application requirements:

 

To be considered you will need to meet specific applicant criteria, beginning with one of the following:

 

Level 8 Bachelors Degree. Minimum GPA 3.08 or 2.1 hons preferred and one to three years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment following graduation

 

Level 7 Degree at honors level and three to five years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment following graduation*

 

Level 6 Qualification at honors level and at least 10 years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment including positions of responsibility.

For more information visit: 

www.godolphinflyingstart.com

 

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