BHS launch award to improve rider safety on Britain's roads

The British Horse Society has launched its Ride Safe Award, designed to help riders feel safer and more confident when riding out on the road and beyond.

L-R BHS Fellow Yogi Breisner MBE, Sports Broadcaster, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, BHS Chairman David Sheerin, BHS Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox, BHS Director of Education, Alex Copeland and International Dressage Champion Phoebe Peters. At Wellington Riding, in Hampshire.

L-R BHS Fellow Yogi Breisner MBE, Sports Broadcaster, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, BHS Chairman David Sheerin, BHS Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox, BHS Director of Education, Alex Copeland and International Dressage Champion Phoebe Peters. At Wellington Riding, in Hampshire.

The award is the equivalent of the cycling industry's Bikeablity certificate, and has been endorsed by The Department for Transport’s Think campaign, which helps vulnerable road users.

To officially launch the new 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 British Horse Society’s Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox 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 Bikeablity certificate, we want to encourage all horse riders to take the award before they go out on the road”.

The BHS is highly regarded for their extensive equestrian qualifications that have been running for over 30 years, and Ride Safe is the foundation stage of the recently relaunched Equine Excellence Pathway. 

The BHS Equine Excellence Pathway is not just for riders; whether it’s a career to become a successful groom, stable manager or a specialist coach, there’s a pathway to choose from.

Phoebe Peters said, ”The 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”.

The award follows the BHS Dead or Dead Slow campaign, which highlights the dangers that riders face every day on Britain’s roads. 

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