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BHS Ride Safe

CPD and short courses (short course)


Half day

Course duration: four hours


The Ride Safe Silver Challenge Award is required to be completed as part of the BHS Stage 1 Ride. This course is accredited by The British Horse Society.

Who should attend?

Our course is designed for people over 16 who need to prepare for their BHS Ride Safe silver award examination.


Please register your interest in future courses and we'll be in touch when dates are confirmed.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

At Writtle College, our courses blending classroom learning with hands-on experience in specialised fields such as sport, agriculture, horticulture, animal studies, equine studies, conservation and floristry.

Our Level 2 and Level 3 programmes are designed to prepare you for your future career or higher education pathways.

Study on our beautiful countryside campus, with dedicated resource centres and state-of-the-art facilities – and be a part of our supportive community.

Where can I study?

Writtle campus
Aerial view of farm building and fields at ARU Writtle

Our picturesque 150-hectare campus is situated in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Standard booking


The cost is inclusive of the Ride Safe Silver pack.

Your BHS Ride Safe examination is not included in the cost. Your assessment fee is paid directly to the Equine Yard.

Contact details

Short Courses team
[email protected]

Entry requirements

You must be over 16 to join this course; parental consent will be required.

In line with BHS training centre standards and due to the nature of our horses, we ask that students weigh no more than 13 stone (82.5kg) which includes your PPE (personal protective equipment).

You must be able to walk, trot and canter.

Please come appropriately dressed for an equine yard. You are required to attend all riding sessions dressed in appropriate outdoor riding wear, an approved riding hat and gloves.

You are advised to bring note-taking equipment.

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in the course.

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