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Performance Centre Manager

The Performance Centre Manager will allow you to fulfil a senior strategic management position within an equestrian business, such as an equine college or large equestrian centre.

  • Last reviewed: 27th October 2022
Performance Centre Manager Performance Centre Manager

You will be able to support the training and development of junior staff and BHS career students, in addition to offering advice and guidance to clients on all aspects of horse care and management. You may also decide to work on a freelance basis either as a groom and/or consultant at a high level.

This career certificate demonstrates your commitment to upholding the highest standards in equine care and management, and the ability to lead your business.

This qualification endorses you as an ambassador for the BHS at home and overseas, showing commitment to continued development, and you will hold the BHS values at the heart of all you do as a role model in the industry.

Entry requirements

  • Age: 18+
  • Qualifications: BHS Stage 4 Senior Yard Manager, or equivalent. If you hold other equestrian industry qualifications and/or significant industry experience, please contact the Education Team or visit our website for further guidance on our Direct Entry procedure. We would like to highlight that Direct Entry is especially encouraged for competition riders and professionals who have significant experience of working in the industry, especially working in large yards.
  • Other: BHS Accredited Professional or BHS Gold Member

Who is this qualification for?

  • Professionals in the industry who want to endorse their skills and knowledge with an internationally recognised qualification
  • Anyone who aspires to manage a successful equestrian business
  • Anyone who aspires to be a role model in the industry supporting clients, staff and peers
  • Anyone committed to their lifelong learning wanting to make a valuable contribution to the management of horses within their care


The Performance Centre Manager qualification is awarded upon achievement of two sections:

Qualification Guidelines

Section 1: Care and Welfare

Within this section you will demonstrate your competence and comprehensive knowledge for managing the care and welfare of horses and ponies in a range of situations.

Read more about Section 1: Care and Welfare.

Section 2: Business Management

This section covers essential knowledge and skills required of a manager to run a successful equestrian business with confidence and competence.

Read more about Section 2: Business Management.

Training guidelines

Our training guidelines have been updated during this Covid-19 period:

  • You cannot take Performance Centre Manager assessments at a centre you currently work in or have worked in in the last 12 months.
  • You cannot take Performance assessments at a centre that you have regularly trained at in the last six months -a maximum of one days training every two months is allowed for up to six months before the assessment.

Booking your assessment

To book your assessment, please find an upcoming assessment date near you and then contact the BHS Education team to book your place.

You can find out more information about booking your assessment here.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. Alternatively you can call us on 02476 840508.

Career pathway:

Groom pathway

  • Stage 1


Stage 1 Care is your first step in pursuing a career with horses. Ensuring a level of competence in the care and management of horses within your responsibility, it provides a solid foundation on which you can build your skills to become a groom in the industry.

  • Stage 2

Foundation groom

BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom (Stage 2) is for anyone looking to begin a career as an assistant groom and those wanting to progress their journey along the BHS Groom Pathway.

  • Stage 3


BHSQ Level 3 Groom (Stage 3) is for those working as an independent groom, providing you with the skills to care for a number of horses to the highest industry standards.

  • Stage 4

Senior Yard Manager

BHSQ Level 4 Senior Yard Manager (Stage 4) is for those looking to move into a management position in the equestrian industry. You may aspire to run a riding centre or become a senior groom within the sport.