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Bronze Award

This series of challenge awards will introduce you to jumping and the concept of riding in a light seat position. Learning to jump will provide variation in your riding lessons and improve your fitness, balance and confidence among other skills.

By completing this award you will:

  • Establish a light seat position
  • Negotiate various figures and exercises in a light seat
  • Work over ground poles in preparation for jumping


Silver Award

You will continue to develop your light seat position as you begin to jump over small fences and work towards riding a course of fences.

By completing this award you will:

  • Ride over a course of ground poles in trot
  • Ride over single ground poles in canter
  • Develop the correct jumping position
  • Jump small, single fences
  • Have a positive influence on your horse when jumping


Gold Award

Take on the challenge of leaving the ground. Enhance your riding knowledge and develop your jumping skills, from riding over poles to jumping a small course of fences in balance and harmony.

Your coach will continue to focus on your technique and improving your skills as you:

  • Establish your balance, technique and co-ordination over fences
  • Jump different types of fences
  • Progress to grid work
  • Ride a course of fences


Platinum Award

By completing this award you will:

  • Be introduced to doubles and related distances
  • Learn how to walk distances between linked fences
  • Use gridwork to develop your jumping position and stability
  • Jump a course that includes a double and related distance



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