Clonshire have been appointed as a “Where To Train Centre” by the British Horse Society and as a BHS examination centre.
PLEASE NOTE:- All places for the December examinations are currently full - we are looking at holding two riding and road safety exams in December and there will be some places available on those exams. There may be a second BHS Stage 1 exam on in December also.
Part time and full time day and evening courses are available.
These courses are given by Sue Foley and her team of experienced well qualified BHS staff.
Residential full board courses - students stay in in accommodation adjacent to the center and can be from Monday to Friday or the full week.
Special intensive one to one sessions are also available for those wishing to cover any aspect of the syllabus. These can be for an hour, morning or afternoon or day and sessions cost from €35
For further information please contact us at
Equestrian – International Instructor Level 1(BHSAI) Traineeship
On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Equestrian Instruction
The Equestrian International Instructor-Level 1 (BHS AI) Traineeship aims to provide both school leavers and unemployed people with an excellent foundation in the skills and practical experience required to gain employment as Instructors in the equine industry and to prepare them for examinations leading to recognised British Horse Society (BHS) Assistant Instructor qualifications.
The Equestrian International Instructor Level 1 (BHS AI) Traineeship is a 48 week programme. The Traineeship consists of 3 weeks off-the-job training with FÁS, 44 weeks training with an approved riding establishment who provide both on and off-the-job training and a final week of off-the-job training with FÁS.
An Equestrian International Instructor is a qualified worker capable of carrying out competently the range of tasks required in the role including riding, grooming, horse handling, footing and shoeing, grassland care, watering and feeding, teaching and coaching and ride leading.
You must be 18 years of age and you must have achieved a pass in English at Junior Certificate level or equivalent.
You should demonstrate an aptitude for horse riding and be capable of riding a quiet, experienced horse or pony at walk, trot and canter. You must enjoy working with horses, should possess good communication skills and should enjoy working outdoors. You must be physically fit and be prepared for working unsociable hours including week-end work.
When qualified you will have opportunities to progress to senior positions in the equestrian industry through your experience and further education or training which you may undertake in areas such as the BHS Intermediate Instructor qualification.
So What Next?
You should contact your local FÁS Office for information on how to register for this Traineeship and the location and date of the next available course.
In preparation for the Traineeship you may choose to identify a potential Host Employer for the Work Place Training element of the course.
FAS are currently opening a waiting list for this course and at the moment is it quiet short. We are also planning on running this course again next year.