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Stonar's Equestrian Centre offers a variety of options for Sixth Formers, whether you're seeking to improve your riding, or whether you would like to prepare for a career in the equestrian industry.

As well as our popular Rider Development Programme, we now offer EQLs in Horse Care and Management, the UKCC and coaching towards the BHSAI.

EQL Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care

This qualification has been developed by the equine industry to replace NVQ Level 2 in Horse Care for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and has been developed from the equine National Occupational Standards. Assessment is carried out through continuous assessment at Stonar Equestrian Centre.

This course provides a sound basic training in the care and management of horses. It is especially useful for the education and training of people who are hoping to be employed within the equine industry.

Students taking the Level 2 Diploma will carry out yard duties at the Equestrian Centre in order to care for the horses.

The Level 2 course runs over one year and involves approximately 10 hours of learning per week. Please see for full details and course information.

EQL Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care and Management

This qualification has been developed by the equine industry to replace NVQ Level 3 in Horse Care and Management for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and has been developed from the equine National Occupational Standards.

This is a practical horse based course which will allow students to experience supervisory work in the equine industry while training. There are no exams at the end of the programme, all assessment is either coursework or practically based. The programme allows you to work at your own pace within the riding school environment.

Candidates will need to have achieved the Level 2 Work-based Diploma in Horse Care or BHS Stage 2 Certificate or relevant industrial experience.

Students will be assessed through completion of coursework and practical assessments within the Equestrian Centre.

This is a two year course involving approximately 14 learning hours per week. Please see for full details and course information.

UKCC Level 1 (Coaching Assistant)

UK Coaching Certificates (UKCCs) are qualifications designed to raise the level of coaching skills throughout the UK in all sports.

The qualification, delivered as 7 units, is designed to be delivered via a mixture of tutor delivered theoretical and practical sessions with study periods. The qualification places appropriate emphasis on the practical aspects of the role of the coach.

UKCC Level 1 is an ideal introduction to coaching technique. This course runs over one year and involves 5 learning hours per week.

UKCC Level 2 Coach

The UKCC Level 2 course is a fully qualified coaching certificate.

The qualification, delivered as 8 units, is designed to be delivered via a mixture of tutor delivered theoretical and practical sessions with study periods. The qualification places appropriate emphasis on the practical aspects of the role of the coach. Achievement of the qualification is normally via the combination of the following:

An induction process that will provide candidates with an introduction to the qualification. In addition, candidates will receive support and guidance on accessing learning resources that will support the development of their knowledge.

Completion of a programme of training, during which candidates will be provided with the predominantly practical and technical information required to enable them to fulfil the role of a Level 2 coach.

The UKCC Level 2 course runs over a period of one year and involves approximately 8 hours of learning per week.

For more information on the UKCC please see .

BHSAI Course 16 – 18 years (Years 12 – 13)

The British Horse Society examinations system is one of the best and most widely respected in the world. Whether you choose a career in the equine industry or just have a passion for the horse, these qualifications give a sound base of underpinning knowledge and ensure that you are able to care for and ride a variety of horses, and that you are able to offer advice and help to others in the equestrian community.

Stonar offers training towards the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor (BHSAI) course which consists of three riding and horse knowledge/care examinations, a riding and road safety exam and a coaching qualification and requires a huge commitment to further developing your equestrian ability and knowledge. The syllabus includes subjects such as anatomy and physiology of the horse, feeding & nutrition and competition preparation.

The exams are very hands on and practical, and while a large amount of theory must be covered and learned, these qualifications are all about being able to care for the horse efficiently and competently following correct techniques and with a strong awareness of safety of self, the horse and others.

The course is designed to produce riders who can adapt to any horse or situation, who can ride with tact and feel with the horses' welfare always in mind, and can become ambassadors for their sport.

Please see for full details of the syllabus and further information.


Rider Development Programme

For Aspirational Riders

The programme is divided into key stage phases and offers learning and development in line with the philosophy that underpins UK Sport's training phases. Riders will have 3 x coaching sessions per week, each session providing diversity of riding experience and discipline. This riding programme may take place during the school day and is available to both day pupils and boarders; it is designed for pupils with or without their own horse. Trips to events and establishments of interest will be arranged throughout the school term for riders on a development programme. These excursions will involve an additional fee.

Sixth Form, 16 – 18 years (Years 12 – 13)

Termly fee payable in advance £1210

Riders are equipped with correct horsemanship skills. The aim of this phase is to further refine core riding skill and to identify and develop event-specific riding techniques. Adaptability and individualisation are key features at this level. Training focuses on competitive riding and improving outcomes and coaching sessions will be individually tailored. Pupils continue to work towards BHS exams alongside the rider development programme.

Riders not on a specific programme can still sign up for BHS exams. Weekly riding lessons in a group or individually are also available.


If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss any of our riding programmes or vocational qualifications please contact the riding office on 01225 701765.








Prep School

Prep School Riding

Stonar Equestrian Centre offers a unique and diverse riding experience within a group and individual environment, which is both fun and educational, supporting the development of both recreational and aspiring riders. Coaching sessions are centred on gaining basic skills and on forming a firm foundation which will enable the rider to progress confidently and with correct knowledge. 
As riders develop they will be assessed at each stage against the Pony Club Standards of Efficiency Tests. This benchmarking will ensure that pupils are offered a clear pathway to improvement. 
Riding Lessons
Prep School riding lessons take place at lunchtime from 1.00pm to 1.45pm (Reception and Pre-prep) and after school from 3.30pm to 4.30pm (Years 3 to 6). Groups will be a maximum of four riders allowing the coaching and lessons to be more individually focused. Riders may request individual tuition alongside their group learning. These sessions are subject to availability and may take place on Saturdays. 
Prep School Livery & Loan
Prep School pupils in Years 5 and 6 can bring their pony to Stonar if appropriate and should contact the Equestrian Centre for further information.


Stonar Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society accredited testing centre.

The facilities include:

  • Stabling for 65 horses/ponies, plus grazing
  • 2 x full sets of BSJA show jumps
  • Lecture room
  • A large indoor school
  • An 80 x 40 metre, floodlit, outdoor all-weather manège
  • A cross country schooling field with a wide variety of different fences


Senior Programme



As part of the continuing development of Stonar’s Equestrian Centre, a new Rider Development Programme is available to riders in Years 7 - 13. The intention is to offer a programme to our aspiring riders to provide them with a long-term development plan which includes a clear pathway of learning, incorporating Pony Club and British Horse Society examinations. These key stage units will give pupils the opportunity to develop their generic horsemanship skills along with a firm foundation of training knowledge, leading towards becoming an accomplished all-round equestrian. 

As the programme progresses riders will be able to specialise and the training of horse and rider becomes more discipline specific. This programme is also suitable for those pupils wishing to pursue employment within the equestrian world, and is ideal for aspiring coaches. 
To find out more please download the programme booklet:  pdfStonar Riding Programmes 2016-2017

Equestrian Education

Stonar provides an excellent equestrian experience. We offer a variety of options for riders of different levels, whether you're simply looking for a weekly lesson, or if you want to take your riding and knowledge to the next level.   

Director of Riding, Darrell Scaife FBHS, UKCC, British Eventing Accredited Coach and his experienced team aim to deliver the highest quality teaching. Their philosophy is that whatever level a rider wishes to attain, they must firstly gain a thorough grounding, a correct position and a correctly trained, happy horse.

A coaching system underpinned by strong fundamental techniques provides mentoring for young riders and individual development plans for more advanced riders, enhanced with regular clinics delivered by specialists.

Our desire is to ensure that every rider will become the very best they can be. We believe in developing all aspects of horsemanship so that both hobbyist and aspirational rider will be fully prepared for a lifetime’s love and involvement with horses.

docxRider Registration Form

pdfRiding Programmes 2017


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