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Update 28th May:

We regret we are not able to deliver the Ride Safe assessment with appropriate social distancing in place. To support candidates progressing through the Ride assessments, we will accept the Riding Out Safely Silver Challenge Award as the co-requisite for the Stage 1 Ride. This award can be delivered and assessed by your coach or Approved Centre on a one-to-one candidate-to-assessor model. Find your nearest Challenge Awards Centre or Coach. Please see our Covid-19 hub for the full update for candidates.


The essential award for all riders. Ride Safe gives you the confidence to ride in the environments you are most often faced with, keeping you and your horse safe.

Free with the Ride Safe Award assessment, you will receive the Ride Safe guide, providing practical examples, tips and guidance to make you knowledgeable when riding in all situations including: 

  • Riding safely on the road, along rights of way, across agricultural land, at the beach and when warming up at competitions
  • Negotiating hazards
  • Understanding common signs
  • Dealing with conflict or difficult situations when riding out
  • Negotiating obstacles

The Ride Safe Award is the essential foundation for all riders wishing to pursue a journey in equine excellence.