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Bronze Leadership Award

This is the first step towards boosting your confidence, gaining valuable life experience and empowering you to make decisions. Discover your inner leader while having adventures and building skills for your future by taking part in the four leadership topics.

  • Last reviewed: 3rd July 2023
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The Leadership Awards are perfect to help you develop key life and work skills while helping at your centre or with your coach. Each level has four topics where you can learn about and practice various skills. Each topic ends with an ‘Explorer Challenge’ which is a practical activity where you can showcase your new skills and gain real life experience that will put you ahead and make you stand out from the crowd.

Click on the headings below to find out more about the Bronze Leadership experience.

Bronze Leadership experience

Future Leader

Learn what it takes to be a good role model and begin to develop your communication skills to positively influence others.

In this topic, you’ll discover:

  • What qualities make someone a good role model
  • How the way someone behaves influences others
  • Types of communication and how these can be used in a positive way
  • Tips for communicating effectively

Complete the topic with an Explorer Challenge to help out at your centre for a number of sessions and practice the communication skills you’ve learned.

Goal Setter

Find out how to set goals and the skills required to achieve them.

In this topic you’ll discover:

  • How to set yourself a goal
  • What attributes can help you to achieve your goal
  • The power of positive thinking
  • How to keep yourself on track

Complete the topic with an Explorer Challenge to set yourself a goal and work to achieve it with support from your coach.

Team Player

Learn about the benefits of being part of a team and what it takes to be a fantastic team player.

In this topic you’ll discover:

  • The benefits of working with others
  • Which skills can be developed through teamwork
  • What makes a great team player
  • Fun team-building activities

Complete the topic with an Explorer Challenge to develop your teamwork skills by taking part in yard tasks under the supervision of your coach.


Get your creative juices flowing by expanding your mind to come up with great ideas.

In this topic you will discover:

  • What innovation is
  • The first steps to becoming an innovator
  • Techniques for generating ideas
  • How to organise your ideas

Complete the topic with an Explorer Challenge by getting together with your Explorers team to come up with an idea that will benefit others.

How to get involved

The Leadership Awards are open to anyone who’d like to take part — you don’t need to own a horse or be a BHS member.

They can be delivered at any BHS Approved Centre or by an Accredited Professional Coach. Use the search feature to find your nearest Centre or Coach.

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. 

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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 Horse Explorers awards with their facilities and horses.  

You can achieve the Horse Explorers 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 Horse Explorers 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.