Coaching through disabilities – CPD workshop

A BHS Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshop also open to all RDA, Pony Club and BD coaches

One in five people have a long-standing, limiting disability or life-changing condition, and the benefits of interaction with horses and riding are well known. This CPD workshop is an introduction to this huge topic, helping to signpost coaches to a range of practical resources about different disabilities, and safe, thoughtful practices.

The workshop will include a review of life-changing illnesses and injuries in adults (eg Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, sight loss, spinal damage and head injuries) and discussion about the practical issues of coaching them. From mounting and dismounting, adapting tack, contra-indications to riding and working with therapists, there is plenty to discuss!

The roles of RDA , BD, BEF, and Para Equestrian competition will be mapped out as well as the emerging field of equine assisted learning (EAL). It will draw on sports psychology principles about the importance of language and recognition of values and beliefs. Finally, it will highlight how BHS coaches can engage with local RDA groups and how coaching pathways can build on existing qualifications.

Workshop Approach

This one-day, unmounted (6 hours) workshop will cover the topics in an engaging way, drawing on the group’s experience as well as presenting useful information.  There will be a comprehensive workbook and resource guide to take away, and the opportunity to build a network with other local coaches.

Venues and dates – dates for 2020 are being arranged around the country, please contact us for more info. The earliest ones are:

  • March 5 – Thurs South Wellington Riding, Hampshire
  • March 17th Tues W. Midlands Cavalier Centre, Shropshire
  • March 24th Tues South / West Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy, Christchurch
  • April 20th – Mon South East Maidstone, Kent
  • May 5th – Tues South West Avon Riding Centre, Bristol

Cost and booking

BHS / APC member £45 RDA Coach £45

BD/Pony Club Coach £45 Non-Coaches £50

Places are limited to ensure personal attention, so please reserve your place by emailing — We will send you joining instructions , with directions, timing and payment details. Receipts and