Connemara Champs are the consistent and trustworthy members of the group. They are confident to have a go at activities and give it their all. They are kind to everyone they meet and are excellent role models admired by all.
They will be able to take an active role in looking after ponies and understanding what makes them tick. They will be more independent with their ability to ride, handle and work around ponies. They will have developed a range of riding skills through fun activities and be considerate to their pony’s comfort by learning about tack fit and care. Connemara Champs will learn how to prepare for riding in different environments and look after their pony when out and about. They will be able to help around the yard and look out for those that may need help and support.
Connemara Champs will work through topics within six themes which can be completed in any order to suit their individual preferences.
Stickers are awarded upon completion of topics. Once a theme is complete an iron-on cloth badge is awarded. When all themes have been achieved the Connemara Champs rosette and certificate are awarded.
How to get involved
There are two ways for your child to join in the fun with Pony Stars and begin their adventure.
1. Children can attend a BHS Approved Riding Centre. Your child will make new friends and join in with group activities within our friendly centres. Have the reassurance that all our BHS Approved Riding Centres meet high standards of horse welfare and coaching.
2. If you have your own pony then a BHS Accredited Professional Coach can come to you, you can travel to them or you can set up your own group with friends on your yard or nearby yards and enjoy the activities together. Our Accredited Professional Coaches hold coaching qualifications in addition to regularly attending first aid and safeguarding courses to ensure they can provide safe, high quality delivery for your child.