Find out how to enhance your activity and fitness, nutrition, and hydration so you are ready to sit in the saddle in the best way for you, and for your horse.
You will find out about:
- The effects of rider fitness on how a horse moves
- How to align your body on the ground and why this is important for riding
- Mindful breathing techniques
- The importance of hydration and good, basic nutrition
- The importance of understanding mental well-being
By completing this award you will find out:
- How the core works and how it supports your riding position
- How to mobilise your hips and shoulders
- How to minimise lower back pain
- Improving your symmetry
- The correct bending technique to avoid injury
- Looking after your mental health
You will improve your confidence working on the yard and around horses, and be able to adopt a calm and considerate approach to the tasks that you carry out.
You will find out about:
- How to improve your postural strength
- How to make postural corrections
- Exercises to improve your balance and coordination
- Suggestions to get more cardio into your day
- Techniques for coping with challenges
The Platinum award further builds on your ability to ride more complex courses and jumping exercises.
By completing this award, you will:
- Rider biomechanics
- Stretches to help with suppleness
- Exercises to help with balance
- PRICE therapy
- Cross training
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.
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.
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.
Horse Care Awards
Working through the workbooks will give you a great introduction to the essential knowledge needed to enjoy and stay safe around horses. This theory will also help prepare you to care for a horse and develop your practical skills in other Challenge Awards.
Introduction to horse care
This award focuses on building your knowledge of what horses need to help them stay healthy, comfortable and happy.
Knowing your horse
This award series focuses on building your understanding of basic horse anatomy, feeding needs and evaluating a horse’s health and condition. You can then use this knowledge to inform how you exercise and care for a horse.
Caring for your horse
Through these awards, you will gain essential skills and knowledge around horse care, horse behaviour, stable and field care, using and fitting rugs, and grooming.
Handling your horse
These awards focus on developing your skills and knowledge to be able to enjoy your time on the yard being conscious of your safety and that of others on the yard too.
Lungeing your horse
Lungeing will add variation to your horse’s exercise and is a great way to build a trusting relationship with your horse.
This award focuses on building your skills and knowledge in monitoring horses’ health, preventing health issues, and responding to any health concerns that arise.
First pony guide
In this challenge award you will cover some of the considerations to make before committing to a pony and be introduced to some of the basic skills and knowledge required to look after him.
Introduction to riding
Learning to ride is hugely rewarding as you find yourself able to build a bond and relationship with your horse as you ride. We look forward to helping you take your first steps.
Working through this series of awards will develop your flatwork skills, improve your position and help you ride with confidence. Learning the basics of riding on the flat is essential to any riding discipline.