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This challenge award is a great opportunity for you to perfect the basics of riding in walk and trot and take your skills to the next level while under the supervision of your coach.

By completing this award you will find out:

  • How to enter and leave the arena safely
  • The sequence of footfalls in walk and trot
  • The rider aids for halt, walk and trot
  • How to achieve the correct position



In the silver riding flat award you will develop your riding skills to include canter. You will also discover methods and ideas to progress your position, both on and off your horse!

You will:

  • Develop and improve your balance and position
  • Learn to ride in canter
  • Learn to ride common school figures and movement
  • Ride as a group



Your coach will encourage and support you to develop your riding skills further throughout this gold award. Introducing you to methods and exercises designed to take your balance, coordination and control of your horse to the next level.

You will:

  • Develop an independent seat
  • Ride without stirrups
  • Ride individually within a group of riders
  • Ride different figures and shapes to develop your riding skills
  • Learn to use a schooling whip



You will:

  • Develop an independent seat
  • Ride without stirrups in walk, trot and canter
  • Learn how to rebalance your horse
  • Be introduced to the Training Scale
  • Learn the difference between flexion and bend
  • Further develop your skills riding as an individual in open order



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