Become a Coach


One of the objectives of The Pony Club is to give instruction and coaching in riding and horsemastership and to educate Members to look after and to take proper care of horses and ponies. Becoming a Pony Club coach will enable you to deliver training and support Members to help them develop their riding and horse and pony care skills. The requirements below apply to all coaches involved with the Pony Club.




How do I become a coach?

To start coaching for a Pony Club Branch or Centre you’ll need to be listed on The Pony Club coaching database. The easiest way to do this is for your Branch/Centre to add you on directly. If you aren’t already coaching for a Branch or Centre, use our Find a Club tool to find your nearest one.

You’ll also need to have the relevant certifications for the level at which you want to coach – full details are below. You’ll need to show copies of your certifications to your Branch/Centre for them to add to the database.

Enhanced Disclosure Check – In England and Wales this is a DBS check, in Scotland it is a PVG, in Northern Ireland it is Access NI. Contact your local Branch or Centre to arrange this.

Safeguarding – The Safeguarding course offered by the Pony Club is Safeguarding for Equestrians.

First Aid – The minimum qualification required for coaches is the Emergency First Aid at Work course. All first aid courses MUST have been completed through face to face delivery to meet the Pony Club requirements.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) – Please be aware that from 1st January 2023 the CPD requirement changed to every year.

Further information and to book onto the training courses see Volunteer Training.

Coach Categories Enhanced Disclosure check – Updated every 3 yearsSafeguarding certificate – Updated every 3 yearsFirst Aid – updated according to the certificateCPD -updated every year
Accredited CoachYesYesYesYes
Supervised coach*YesYesOne or Both of these has expiredOne or Both of these has expired
Expired CoachCoach without Disclosure check and Safeguarding cert cannot be used.Coach without Disclosure check and Safeguarding cert cannot be used.

First Aid and/or CPD Expired CPD and/or First Aid Expired
Coach Categories

The Guide to Pony Club Training

The Guide to Pony Club Training can be accessed via the button below. It includes information about Achievement Badges, Pony Club Tests, Progressive Awards and much more. More information on Pony Club Training can be found on the Resource Hub.

Need more information?

Please see the contact details to the right.

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Karen Bennett

Training Officer