Young Equestrian Leaders Award

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Young Equestrian Leaders Award

Are you aged between 13 and 25? Do you want recognition for your volunteering? If so, Young Equestrian Leaders Award could be perfect for you!

What is Young Equestrian Leaders Award?

The Young equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) is an award scheme developed in conjunction with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) designed to recognise the time and effort young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, so they become equestrian leaders of the future.


YELA runs over three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold and introduces skills in responsibility, organisation and communication which are developed through the levels. The Gold Award requires 120 hours of volunteering, encouraging leadership and the planning and delivery of a specific project.


Why do YELA?

YELA demonstrates commitment, leadership and responsibility and provides a great springboard to a whole host of fantastic experiences in equestrianism. YELA may lead candidates down many different paths: coaching, horse care,  fundraising, training and mentoring volunteers and much more besides.

“YELA has been challenging, but in a good way, and so rewarding. The award had encouraged me to branch out of my comfort zone to meet new challenges and new people and I can honestly say it has been one of the best things I ever signed up for." – Katie Midgley, YELA Candidate

YELA is a hugely rewarding experience, and through volunteering you’ll be able to help others enjoy equestrian sports and feel a great sense of achievement in return.

From Bronze to Gold, the award is a challenging journey, which develops not only equestrian knowledge but the skills for life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.

“The most important thing that I have gained from doing the YELA is confidence. I have always been very shy but the award has encouraged me to go to new places and meet new people.” – Melissa Call, YELA Candidate

By taking part in YELA candidates will make friends, learn skills and gain experiences which will stay with them long after they leave the yard.

Find out more information on YELA HERE.