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Learning to ride is hugely rewarding as you find yourself able to control and guide your horse. We look forward to helping you take your first steps.

You will learn under the guidance of your coach who will help you to master the basic skills.

The introductory challenge award provides a solid foundation of skills and knowledge for you to take forward and build upon, including:

  • What to wear
  • How to mount and dismount
  • The correct riding position
  • How to ask the horse to halt, walk and trot
  • How to change direction

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

This award is 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.