Update for APCs and Approved Centres
During this time of unprecedented upheaval, it is unlikely that the BHS will be able to deliver the Ride Safe assessment during the current social distancing restrictions set by UK Government. To continue to support riders to be safe on the road and to support BHS candidates to progress their qualifications, we will offer the ‘Riding Out Safely’ silver Challenge Award to act as the Ride Safe element of the Stage 1 Ride qualification. Candidates may then be certificated for the BHS Stage 1 Ride without having to complete the Ride Safe award.
The Riding Out Safely challenge award can be delivered at any BHS Approved Riding School or at the participant’s own yard with their horse with an Accredited Professional Coach. The riding school or coach must have gone through the challenge awards induction training session with the BHS before they can deliver any challenge awards. The challenge awards coach will deliver the training and complete the assessment with the participant.
It is the responsibility of the coach or riding school to deliver any sessions in line with their national Government guidance regarding social distancing, biosecurity and coach to participant ratio.
As with any riding activity we recommend a risk assessment is completed before any session; particularly important when riding out. We have produced risk assessment templates for use during Covid-19 restrictions.
For those coaches or centres that are already listed as able to deliver the Challenge Awards, you will continue with the standard registration process for participants for this award. You will then deliver the training and complete the challenge award assessment (the checklist at the back of the information booklet)– the participant will not be required to sit the Ride Safe assessment. The participant will be awarded a Riding Out Safely silver certificate.
If you are an Accredited Professional Coach or Approved Centre that has not attended a Challenge Awards induction training session you must do so before you can deliver any Challenge Award. Our induction sessions are free, via video call (audio only is available) and last about one hour.
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The above guidance will be current until the 31 December 2020 or until further notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the silver Riding Out Safely Challenge Award being the alternative to Ride Safe mean that no one has to take Ride Safe for the rest of the year? Will they have to complete it at a later date?
The Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award will replace the Ride Safe assessment for as long as the BHS is unable to deliver the Ride Safe assessment. This is anticipated to be until at least the remainder of this year. However, if this needs to be extended we will review and extend if necessary. During this time, if a candidate achieves the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award they will not be expected to sit the Ride Safe at a later date.
If a candidate is working towards Stage 1 Riding and takes the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award will they be awarded the Stage 1 Riding – or will they have to complete Ride Safe at a later date?
The Stage 1 Riding qualification is awarded upon achievement of the Stage 1 Ride unit and the Ride Safe award. However, the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award will replace the Ride Safe requirement for as long as the BHS is unable to deliver the Ride Safe assessment. This is anticipated to be until at least the remainder of this year. During this time, if a candidate achieves the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award and the Stage 1 Ride unit they will be awarded the Stage 1 Ride qualification and they will not be expected to sit the Ride Safe at a later date.
Will a candidate be able to progress to the Stage 2 Ride if they take the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award instead of Ride Safe?
If a candidate has not yet achieved the Ride Safe award, and wants to progress to Stage 2 Riding, they can take the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award whilst the BHS is unable to deliver the Ride Safe assessment. They can then progress to the Stage 2 Riding.
As a proprietor, I want my employees to hold Ride Safe as they are responsible for taking out hacks and treks. Is the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award the same standard?
The assessment criteria for the two awards are very similar. To achieve the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award the participant will be required to ride on the road taking responsibility for their own and their horse’s safety. They will have knowledge of the Highway Code, common road signs and markings, safety clothing and equipment and safety checks to make before a ride out. They will be able to demonstrate how to negotiate hazards, signal and carry out observations and dismount in an emergency. They will also know the rules of the school and ride safely within a group in an arena.
The difference between the two awards is the assessment model; Ride Safe is a one day assessment assessed by BHS Assessors; the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award is a continuous assessment over a number of sessions delivered by a Challenge Awards Coach.
If your employees lead rides, hacks or treks we would also recommend our Ride Leader Pathway to further develop skills and knowledge from the Riding Out Safely silver Challenge Award / Ride Safe award. The Ride Leader Pathway includes our Ride Leader and Trail Leader qualifications.
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