Monthly Archives: March 2016

BHS Road Safety Exam

Date: May 29th  2016
Where: Lucton School, Lucton, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6
Need numbers asap, as the price dependent on numbers, please contact Sharron to book your place.
Two training sessions in Easter

Theory 29th March 2pm

Riding 30th March 10am onwards – we can provide horses for those who want a suitable horse!! Details on BHS website and see below..

 Riding and Road Safety Testriding and road safety

Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport. It is probably the only test that any rider will undertake that has the potential to save not only their own life but that of their horse and other road users as well.

It is not essential to own a horse in order to take the test, as many riding schools and centres organise them for their pupils. Similarly, you do not have to attend a centre in order to take the training and the test. Although the published dates refer mainly to tests being held at centres, if a group of ten or more people can get together, many trainers and assessors are happy, subject to a satisfactory BHS Riding and Road Safety risk assessment being carried out, to come to them.

Candidates do not have to be BHS members.

Candidates applying to take the test in the Republic of Ireland must book a place with the BHS at least 28 days in advance of the test date.

There are three parts to the test:

The Theory Test

This is usually a written test with questions covering the Highway Code, the Riding and Roadcraft Manual, and the rules of riding on the roads.

The Simulated Road Route

This part takes place in off road conditions. It is designed to test the rider’s ability to ride appropriately on the road. This includes observations, signalling, manoeuvring and negotiating a series of hazards that they may encounter on the roads.

The Road Route

Once the candidate has demonstrated an understanding of road safety in the first two sections they can attempt a set route on the roads to demonstrate their competence in dealing with vehicles and other hazards.

Further reading

For more details on the test and scoring you can download the syllabus on the right. We also recommend that all candidates read:

  • The Highway Code
  • The British Horse Society Riding and Roadcraft Manual, both available from our bookshop (opens in new window).


If you would like dedicated training in Riding and Road Safety, our trainers can provide this. We recommend that candidates have at least eight hours of training before taking the test.

It’s a Boy!

boyMany congratulations to Milly and her family on the birth of their son yesterday 15th March, still awaiting name. Wonderful news!


Equestrian Education Consultation

Calling all UK horse enthusiasts, riders and non-riders and professionals! Have your say on how the BHS develop equestrian education, resources, material and qualifications. Whether horses are your hobby, you enjoy local riding club competitions, hacking around the countryside, you are an employer in the industry or you coach to Olympic level, we want to hear from you!

Here at the BHS we are embarking on an exciting new phase of development, building on the solid foundation of our world leading qualifications to promote equestrian knowledge and learning for all. Your answers will shape our development and ensure we provide a new range of recreational based ideas and offers that benefit you and your love of horses.

Please click on the link to complete the survey. Upon completion you will automatically be entered into a free prize draw for a fantastic BHS body warmer in your colour choice, whilst five runners-up will receive our very popular faux fur pompom beanie. Just remember to leave your name and email address at the end of the survey!

Buddy Rides

buddy rides

Now the weather looks better (fingers crossed) the club will be organising “buddy rides” if you want to go for a long or short ride and would like company from another member let me know at and I will let people know. They I will buddy you up for sorting out arrangements. I know Briony is willing to take anyone over the long mynd if anyone fancies it.. really stunning ride and Jo will take a rides over the Presteigne hills…  Let me know if you want to do a ride…obviously weather dependent but good for meeting people and enjoying new rides..

BHS road safety

Lucton school have booked a test session for BHS road safety on May 29th – this is essential for anyone doing BHS exams.. anyone interested let me know asap – it will depend on numbers.

riding and road safety

This year’s VOARC camp

Can you let Sharron know if you want to come this year… it is usually the first week in August but William is booked up then.. Are people able to come the following week Friday – Sat with formal dinner on the Friday night 12th 13th AUGUST. PLEASE LET SHARRON KNOW ASAP.




Please see details of a competition CHELTENHAM & DISTRICT RC are running which may be of interest to members. The aim of the day is to have a some fun riding tests in teams in a friendly atmosphere. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact CHELTENHAM & DISTRICT RC via  email  Hope to see some of you there!

Team Dressage April 2016


See a calendar of all our forthcoming activities on the What's On page.  Below are the next events: