It's unfortunate that some riders are forced to ride on the roads but the aim is to educate as many people as possible and make the roads as safe as they can be. Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety, in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport. It is probably the only test that any rider will undertake that has the potential to save not only their own life, but that of their horse and other road users as well.
It is not essential to own a horse in order to take the test, as many riding schools and centres organise them for their pupils. Similarly, you do not have to attend a centre in order to take the training and the test. Although the published dates refer mainly to tests being held at centres, if a group of ten or more people can get together, many trainers and assessors are happy, subject to a satisfactory BHS Riding and Road Safety risk assessment being carried out, to come to them.
The cost of the course and hire of the horse for the exam day is £150.
Exam cost is paid directly to The BHS and is approximately £50.
Time: 5pm - 8pm.