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Silver Leadership Award

Challenge your creativity, enhance your teamwork skills and be inspired to make a difference. This step in your leadership journey will empower you to make decisions, inspire others and lead the way to self-discovery.

  • 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.

Silver Leadership experience

Future Leader

Learn to recognise your strengths and put your interpersonal skills to good practise to build relationships as you set yourself up to be a future leader.

In this topic you’ll discover:

  • What’s meant by interpersonal skills
  • Different methods of communication
  • Five simple steps to help you build relationships with new people
  • How these skills are useful in business

Complete the topic with an ‘Explorer Challenge’ to help out at your centre for 20 hours and keep a log of the tasks you complete, the skills you use and the different people you speak to.

Goal Setter

Learn how to turn your resolutions into clear, achievable goals with some SMART thinking.

In this topic you’ll discover:

  • What is a SMART goal
  • Why using a SMART goal will help you to focus and increase your chance of success
  • How to set yourself a SMART goal
  • Useful skills to help you achieve your goals

Complete the topic with an ‘Explorer Challenge’ to use your SMART goal-setting skills to develop a skill over the next four months.

Team Player

Find out what it takes to work together to organise an event.

In this topic you’ll discover:

  • How teamwork helps you to communicate, collaborate and cooperate with others
  • The different roles within a team
  • The importance of planning
  • How to problem solve

Complete the topic with an ‘Explorer Challenge’ to work as a team to organise a small event at your centre.


Discover how to put your problem-solving skills into practice and help the environment at the same time.

In this topic you’ll discover:

  • Five simple steps to solving problems
  • How to develop your creative thinking
  • The skill of re-framing
  • How to think ‘outside the box’.

Complete the topic with an ‘Explorer Challenge’ to use your problem-solving skills to come up with an innovative idea to help the environment.

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.