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National Riding Schools Competition

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We are delighted to return to Warwickshire College for the National Riding Schools Championships 2017 on 13 April 2017. The competition is open to BHS Approved Centres, and all competitors must be non-horse owners competing on horses and ponies on a Riding School Licence. There are six classes in total:

Class 1 - 12 Years and Under
Dressage – BHS National Riding Schools Championships – Test 1
Show jumping course – Maximum 45cm
Practical stable management quiz

Class 2 - 13 – 17 Years Old
Dressage – BHS National Riding Schools Championships – Test 1
Show jumping course – Maximum 60cm
Practical stable management quiz

Class 3 - 18 Years and Over
Dressage – BHS National Riding Schools Championships – Test 1
Show jumping course – Maximum 70cm
Practical stable management quiz

Class 4 - 17 Years and Under
Dressage only – BHS National Riding Schools Championships – Test 2
The collective marks will be made up on accuracy of test, empathy and effectiveness of application of aids.

Class 5 - 18 Years and Over
Dressage only – BHS National Riding Schools Championships – Test 2
The collective marks will be made up on accuracy of test, empathy and effectiveness of application of aids.

Class 6 - Overall Team Score
The three highest scores from one centre will be added to provide an overall team score. These scores can be taken from scores from classes 1, 2 or 3.

General Information

In classes 1, 2 and 3, there are three phases with a collective overall score deciding the winners. The first phase is the dressage test, usually followed by the practical stable management section (this can be taken before the dressage test, if preferred) and the last phase is the show jumping section. Classes 4 and 5 are dressage only.

Prizes for all Classes
The champion in each class will receive a sash, rosette, certificate and trophy. They will also receive free entry into a Riding and Road Safety Test and a rug for their horse or pony. Prizes in kind may also be awarded.

Competitors placing second to tenth will receive a rosette and a certificate.

The winning instructors in classes 1, 2 and 3 will each receive a trophy and certificate.

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers has kindly donated vouchers to the winning centre of classes 1, 2 and 3.

There will be special prizes awarded throughout the day for all age groups, including:

  • Prettiest mare 
  • Best turned out 
  • Roundest bottom (equine, not human!)
  • Best plaited mane 
  • Best plaited tail 
  • Star of the Future
  • Horse/pony the judge would most like to take home 
  • Most handsome gelding

For more details, the tests and rules, download the rule book (pdf)

This competition is open to non-approved licensed riding schools. 

Highlights from the 2014 BHS Riding Schools Championships at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell. 

Video highlights from the National Riding Schools Competition 2013

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