The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched the Ride Safe Award, a new qualification designed to help the UK’s 1.3 million horse riders feel safer and more confident when riding out on the road.
Described as the equivalent to cycling’s Bikeability scheme, the Ride Safe Award is endorsed by the DfT’s THINK! campaign.
To launch the award, sports broadcaster Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes and 18-year-old international dressage champion, Phoebe Peters took part in a Ride Safe demonstration to show the importance of being confident when riding out.
The new award follows the launch of the BHS’s ‘Dead Slow’ campaign, which urges drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road.
Alan Hiscox, BHS director of safety, said: “Ride Safe is the foundation of the BHS’ new Equine Excellence Pathway, aimed at all riders, of any age and ability.
“Just like the Bikeability certificate, we want to encourage all horse riders to take the award before they go out on the road.”
Phoebe Peters said: “Ride Safe and the new Equine Excellence Pathway are designed to benefit equine enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, whether you want to enjoy hacking safely or succeed at the top levels of horse sport as a rider or groom or coach.”
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