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Learn how to care for horses, develop hands-on, practical skills and get stuck in with the day-to-day tasks.

If you're looking for a strong bond with a healthy, happy horse, the Challenge Awards are perfect for you.

It doesn’t matter what previous experience you have with horses, or if you’re a complete beginner. All you need is enthusiasm and a love for horses! You do not even need to own your own horse.

You will receive expert guidance and support from BHS Approved Coaches and they will help you work towards and achieve your personal goals. You will be encouraged to enhance your knowledge at your own pace and advance on what's important to you.

But most importantly, you’ll have fun along the way! Remember, there are no time limits, or constraints to complete an award so you can work at a pace to suit you to achieve your goals.


'It was really good fun to learn and test myself - I hardly ever lunge my horse Casper! Kate my BHS instructor was excellent, she made me really comfortable – can’t wait to do more challenges!’ – Esme Higgs @thisesme


How to get involved

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.

The Awards

There are a wide range of topics to choose from that cover the breadth of horse care, riding and lungeing. Putting the welfare of the horse at the heart of everything that you do.

There are 34 awards in total, and you can pick and mix the awards that suit your experience and interests; they’re completely flexible with you in control choosing the awards that are right for you.

Each challenge award comes with a supporting information booklet that introduces the knowledge and skills within the award. Take a look at an example Knowing your horse information booklet and Riding flat information booklet

About the Horse


About the Rider

BHS Membership

You are required to join the BHS to participate in the Challenge Awards. Membership starts from as little as £3.66 a month for Silver membership, and we hope you will want to support our charity and enjoy the benefits that come with membership.

Find out more about BHS membership