Participation Project

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Participation Project

Are you looking to get more from your riding? The Participation Project can help you gain confidence and get involved with like-minded people.

What is the Participation Project?

The aim of the project is to create an informal community through Approved Livery Yards, Riding Centres, British Riding Clubs and Centres, providing horse owners with access to a network of advice, knowledge and education, enabling them to gain confidence and ride more frequently. 

By creating a community, participants will also become more involved in social activities with like-minded people.


What type of activities can be run as part of the Participation Project?

The two courses which have been successful are:
•    The Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate (EHKC), which is a theory-based course that can be held on the yard, in a tack room, or stable, or even in the local village hall or pub. 
•    The Progressive Riding Tests (PRT) are much more practical, with riding and stable management tasks included. Therefore, access to horses and a yard is required. These can be using the participants’ own horses or it can be held at a licensed riding school, training yard, etc. 

Other potential activities to get involved with inlcude:
•    BHS Stage 1, Care and/or Riding
•    BHS Riding School Certificate of Competence
•    BHS fun rides
•    Volunteering activities via BHS regional events or BRC competitions
•    BHS regional activities and events organised by Development Officers
•    Interdressage competition, includes dressage, showing and unmounted fun activities, filmed and entered in competitions online
•    Links to Team Quest from British Dressage and BE80 from British Eventing
•    Equine First Aid – a new course for this year. Contact your BHS Development Officer or Nation Director for more details.


What is the Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate?

The EHKC is a classroom-based recreational qualification that is delivered by BHS Qualified Registered Instructors. These qualifications are held at two levels: Entry Level and Level One. They are designed to provide a sound foundation of equestrian knowledge to the learner and are aimed at the first time horse-owner, sharer or loaner. This also includes parents who are considering buying ponies or horses for their children or for anyone wanting a refresher on their equine care theory. 

Training can vary, too, from short intensive courses to an evening class held over as many weeks as the instructor wishes to hold. This is dependent on the participant experience levels and will vary accordingly. The courses can be as formal/informal as you wish, over a coffee and cake or as a classroom session. At the end of the course there is just a short written paper to gain the qualification.  

The EHKC can be run by Approved Centres, Livery Yards, BRC Clubs and Centres, as long as the course is delivered by a qualified BHS Registered Instructor.


What are the Progressive Riding Tests (PRT)?

The PRTs are a popular option for riding, livery and BRC centre clients. All six tests have Riding and Stable Management sections, both of which can be taken separately. Each syllabus has a number of elements that need to be signed off by the instructor as the learner is ready to be assessed. On the successful completion of each test, the Centre can issue the candidate with a certificate. Once all six tests have been completed, the candidate will be able to gain direct entry into BHS Stage 2 examination.

PRTs can be run in Approved Centres and Livery Yards and a BHS Registered Instructor can run them for affiliated British Riding Clubs.


How to get involved

The great thing about this project is that it is open to all, especially those who are wishing to gain further knowledge and increase their confidence with and around horses – whether this is as a horse owner, rider, sharer or a mum and dad wishing to gain further equine knowledge. Everyone can get involved in conjunction with their local BHS Approved Centre or BHS Registered Instructor.