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Shetland Striders are courageous and bold; just like Shetland ponies themselves. They will try anything and enjoy getting hands-on and can turn their hand (or hoof) to almost anything.

They will work towards badges that will develop their passion for caring for all animals, wildlife, people and the environment. Shetland Striders will develop core skills like handling ponies and riding through regular lessons which build confidence and commitment.

Shetland Striders 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 Shetland Striders 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.

Contact your nearest centre and register your interest.

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.

Get in touch with an Accredited Professional Coach and talk to them about how to get involved.


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