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Coaching through Disabilities – BHS CPD workshop

A BHS Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshop also open to all RDA, Pony Club, and other BEF associated 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 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 other coaching pathways to build on existing qualifications.

Profits from this workshop go to the Happiness Horsebox CIC, a special accessible service funded by the equestrian community, for the equestrian community.

Workshop Approach

This unmounted workshop is being delivered online in Winter 2023-24, split into two 3 hour workshops (4pm to 7pm). Each counts as 3 points BHS CPD, and can be taken in either order.

We cover the topics in an engaging way, drawing on the group’s experience as well as presenting useful information.  There will be access to a comprehensive workbook and resources after, and the opportunity to join further forums and presentations.  

Dates for Face to Face workshops in 2024 are being arranged around the country, please ">contact Liz if you would like us to host one in your area. 

Venues and dates 2023-24

  • Online – Workshop 1  Thurs, 18th October 4pm-7pm
  • Online – Workshop 2  Wednesday 8th November 4pm-7pm


  • Online – Workshop 1  Thurs, 18th  January 4pm-7pm
  • Online – Workshop 2  Thurs, 1st February 4pm-7pm

Booking and CPD points 

Book both sessions for a discount: BHS/APC member £50 RDA Coach £50

Per Session £30 

Places are limited to ensure personal attention, so please reserve your place on the Happiness Horsebox website or by emailing if you want to pay for more than one person. 

Links will be sent 2 days before the workshop, CPD points are logged via the BHS feedback form. Receipts and attendance certificates are sent upon request.