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Riding fit

Working through this series of challenge awards will help you to gain knowledge and understanding to improve your riding and overall health.

  • Last reviewed: 15th August 2022
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The awards

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. 

Bronze Award

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

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Silver Award

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

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Gold Award

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

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Platinum Award

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

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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. 

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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.

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