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Whether you are considering breeding from your own mare or just want to find out more about breeding horses in general, these challenge awards are a great place to start.

  • Last reviewed: 18th July 2022

There are three Breeding Challenge Awards in the series these can be completed starting with part one or you pick the one most relevant to you.

Part one: To breed or not to breed

By completing this award you will find out:

  • The suitability of a mare for breeding
  • The knowledge and time required
  • The facilities required
  • The potential costs involved
Part two: Breeding and foaling

By completing this award you will find out:

  • How to choose a stallion
  • The required characteristics of the mare
  • How the mare is covered
  • How to care for the mare during pregnancy
  • The foaling process
Part three: Care of the foal and young horse

By completing this award you will find out:

  • The care required from birth to three weeks
  • The care required from three weeks to weaning
  • The care required from weaning to two years

How to get involved

Challenge awards are open to anyone who would like to improve their horse knowledge or skills; you do not have to be a BHS member to take part.

If you have your own horse

Courses are delivered by an Accredited Professional Coach. Your coach can come to your livery yard or British Riding Club grounds. 

Find a BHS Accredited Professional

If you do not own your own horse

Or you’re not sure if they would be suitable, don’t worry. There are BHS Approved Riding Centres throughout the UK that deliver challenge awards with their facilities and horses.  

You can achieve the challenge awards at your local Approved Centre where they will match you to a horse to ensure your lessons are suitable to your experience. 

Find a BHS Approved Centre

Get in touch

If you want to learn more about the Challenge Awards or if you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.