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Bronze Award

Gain knowledge and understanding to improve your riding and overall health. Find out how to enhance your activity and fitness, nutrition and hydration so you are ready to sit in the saddle in the best way for you, and for your horse.

By completing this award you will find out:

  • The effects of rider fitness on how a horse moves
  • How to align your body on the ground and why this is important for riding
  • Mindful breathing techniques
  • The importance of hydration and good, basic nutrition
  • The importance of understanding mental well-being


Silver Award

Develop your body and mental health awareness, improve your mobility and balance and learn about your core. Improve your fitness and body position and how this can influence your riding for the better.

By completing this award you will find out about:

  • How the core works and how it supports your riding position
  • How to mobilise your hips and shoulders
  • How to minimise lower back pain
  • Improving your symmetry
  • The correct bending technique to avoid injury
  • Looking after your mental health


Gold Award

Learn how to strengthen and condition your body, at home; helping you to ride with improved balance, stability and confidence. Develop tools to help with your mental well-being and improve your confidence for your riding.

By completing this award you will find out about:

  • How to improve your postural strength
  • How to make postural corrections
  • Exercises to improve your balance and coordination
  • Suggestions to get more cardio into your day
  • Techniques for coping with challenges


Platinum Award

By completing this award you will find out about:

  • Rider biomechanics
  • Stretches to help with suppleness
  • Exercises to help with balance
  • PRICE therapy
  • Cross training



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.



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