Coaching & Coach Development

Coaching is a vital part of the equestrian industry and the BEF and our member bodies have initiatives that are designed to help coaches.

There are 2 key routes to becoming a qualified coach, through the British Horse Society’s Equine Excellence Pathway or through the UK Coaching Certificate endorsed equestrian qualifications which are detailed below and in the following links.  

UK Coaching with the BEF

Equestrian is one of the priority sports working with UK Coaching to develop and embed the UK Coaching Framework and has received significant support to develop and implement the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) across all the equestrian disciplines.

Our Member Bodies have a designated Coaching Development Officer who together form the Coaching Action Development Team (CDAT) which meets regularly.

CDAT is the National Source Group for Equestrian Coaching and is supported by UK Coaching.

The term coaching refers to teaching, instructing, training and all methods of helping a rider or horse/rider partnership to improve. Coaching means 'coaching of rider' or 'coaching of horse/rider partnership'. The promotion of quality coaching is the privilege and responsibility of all organisations involved in our sport/industry.

Our Coaching Framework and UKCC courses are built on the principles of Long Term Participant Development, for more information on Long Term Participant Development please click here.

For further support on coach development or for information of the UK Coaching Framework please go to

UKCC information can be found on the following pages:

Youth Pathway Coaching Programme

The Youth Pathway Coaching Programme is a new programme from the British Equestrian Federation, funded by Sport England, that has been created in collaboration with the equestrian Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, designed to develop coaches currently working within the Youth Pathways, by giving them more insight into the holistic approach to athlete development that nurtures potential from a young age.

Click here to find out more. 

Funding/Coaching Bursaries

It is sometimes possible to secure funding to support coaching qualifications through your County Sports Partnership (CSP). CSPs are sports organisation that support the development of sport in each county across England. As well as ensuring there are opportunities to get active, they also support the development of work force to facilitate these sessions. This can take the form of coach development work shops, CPD and/or coaching development bursaries to support potential coaches with the costs of achieving qualifications. The bursaries available will vary across the different CSPs, in order to find your local CSP please visit:

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