Course – Level 1 Apprentice coach

The aim of the HSI Apprentice Coach qualification is to provide participants with the skills and techniques to work competently as an apprentice coach at novice level. Whether you have been coaching for years or are a novice, this course will provide new approaches and fresh ideas for you to bring to your coaching. Your clients will benefit enormously. The HSI Level 1 Apprentice Coach course is the foundation for further coaching qualifications and it is a requirement to progress further up the HSI Coaching ladder.


The course also provides coaches with a framework of progressive exercises to develop horses to compete at novice dressage, 1.10m show jumping and novice eventing. The HSI Coaching Programme uses modern systematic training methods which allow horses to be produced in the classically correct manner, therefore maximising their re-sale value.

The Level 1 Course is currently being redeveloped. Further information regarding the course will be available in the near future.

It is strongly recommended that HSI Level 1 Apprentice coaches work under the guidance of a higher qualified coach.

Entry Requirements:
Participants should be over 18 years of age and have completed one of the following:

  • HSI Introduction to Coaching
  • British Horse Society Assistant Instructor (BHSAI)
  • Irish Pony Club B test

If you would like more information on this course please contact Jennifer Diamond in Horse Sport Ireland. Email or phone 045 854 533.

HSI reserves the right to modify, alter or add to accreditation requirements in accordance with updates to HSI Coaching Programmes.