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Shetland Striders

Shetland Striders are courageous and bold; just like Shetland ponies themselves. They will try anything and enjoy getting hands-on and can turn their hand (or hoof) to almost anything.

  • Last reviewed: 18th July 2022
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They will work towards badges that will develop their passion for caring for all animals, wildlife, people and the environment. Shetland Striders will develop core skills like handling ponies and riding through regular lessons which build confidence and commitment.

Shetland Striders will work through topics within six themes which can be completed in any order to suit their individual preferences.

Stickers are awarded upon completion of topics. Once a theme is complete an iron-on cloth badge is awarded. When all themes have been achieved the Shetland Striders rosette and certificate are awarded.

Golden Groom
  • Breeds
  • Colours and Markings
  • Handling Ponies
  • Pony or Horse
Pet Protector
  • Animal Lover
  • Pet Care
  • Animal Welfare
  • If My Pony Could Talk
Junior Jockey
  • My Riding Kit
  • Getting On
  • Dismount
  • Riding Skills 1
Equine Explorer
  • Countryside
  • Farm Animals
  • Be Nice, Say Hi
  • Explore
Stable Star
  • Kindness
  • Yard Smart
  • Stay Safe
  • What to Wear
Helping Hero
  • Grow Your Own
  • Clean Up
  • First Aid 1
  • Feed the Birds

How to get involved

There are two ways for your child to join in the fun with Pony Stars and begin their adventure.

If you have your own horse

If you have your own pony then a BHS Accredited Professional Coach can come to you, you can travel to them or you can set up your own group with friends on your yard or nearby yards and enjoy the activities together. Our Accredited Professional Coaches hold coaching qualifications in addition to regularly attending first aid and safeguarding courses to ensure they can provide safe, high quality delivery for your child.

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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 Pony Stars with their facilities and horses.  

Your child will make new friends and join in with group activities within our friendly centres. Have the reassurance that all our BHS Approved Riding Centres meet high standards of horse welfare and coaching.

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Get in touch

If you want to learn more about Pony Stars or if you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.