Your coach will guide you through the process of developing your jumping skills, from riding over poles to jumping a small course of fences in balance and harmony. Learning to jump will add more variation to your riding and help to improve your fitness, balance and confidence.
The Bronze award prepares you to learn to jump by introducing you to riding in a light seat and riding over ground poles.
You will learn to:
- Establish a light seat position
- Negotiate various figures and exercises in a light seat
- Work over ground poles in preparation for jumping
The Silver award continues to develop your light seat position as you begin to jump over small fences and work towards riding a course of fences.
You will learn to:
Ride over a course of ground poles in trot
Ride over single ground poles in canter
Develop the correct jumping position
Jump small, single fences
Have a positive influence on your horse when jumping
The Gold award introduces you to riding a course of fences and continues to focus on improving your technique over different types of fences.
You will learn to:
Establish your balance, technique and co-ordination over fences
Jump different types of fences
Progress to grid work
Ride a course of fences
The Platinum award further builds on your ability to ride more complex courses and jumping exercises.
By completing this award, you will:
Be introduced to doubles and related distances
Learn how to walk distances between linked fences
Use gridwork to develop your jumping position and stability
Jump a course that includes a double and related distance
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.
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.
Gain knowledge and understanding to improve your riding and overall health.
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.