Challenge Ride | Frequently Asked Questions
Who can go on a Challenge ride?
If you are a competent rider and a BHS adult member with a sense of adventure then this is for you!
How fit do I need to be?
The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the ride as you will spend 5 – 7 hours in the saddle a day. The weight limit is 85kg.
How good a rider do I need to be?
Safety is paramount so you don’t need to be technically brilliant but you need to have a safe, secure and balanced seat in all paces and be confident riding at speed.
What are the horses like?
The welfare of both horse and rider is our uppermost priority. All the horses we use are selected on the basis of their behaviour, training and nature. The horses are familiar with each other, used to the routes and fit for the terrain. Standards will be different in different countries- for instance in regard to tack, but will always be in good condition and completely safe.
What is included in the cost of a Challenge Ride?
The ground cost of each ride varies with the destination however in all cases the cost includes all accommodation, food, water, fruit and refreshments throughout the trip. It also includes all ground and baggage transfers, back-up support vehicles, medical backup and guides and of course horses! The only things you need to budget for outside the basic cost are travel insurance, visa costs and any optional tours you wish to undertake. Flights are arranged directly with the tour company who will offer trip extensions and tailor made packages if required.
In addition to the ground cost you are required to fundraise £700 for the British Horse Society and all our appeals are here or you can pay this amount out of your own funds.