About this course

The Challenge Awards are the latest BHS qualifications designed to help you to feel more confident in your knowledge of how to care for a horse. They are suitable for anyone who is interested in horses, whether you own a horse, regularly ride or are just getting started, The British Horse Society Challenge Awards are designed to help you to enjoy the real pleasures of riding, and get the most out of the time you spend with horses!

The course contains bespoke course material written by a BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach and Equine Lecturer. When you enrol you will receive a BHS Challenge Horse Knowledge Part One workbook to be filled in as you progress through the course. ALL course costs, including the cost of certification, are included: everything you need to know to pass this course is included in your course material.

This course is completed via distance learning without the need to travel anywhere - you can work at your own pace and around your other commitments.

Course Snapshot

  • On completing this course you will receive a Certificate from The British Horse Society.
  • Seven Modules with interactive online quizzes and videos to watch to reinforce your learning.
  • Optional video call to discuss your completed workbook and answer any questions that you may have.
  • A BHS Challenge Award Horse Knowledge Part One Booklet for you to complete as you progress through the course.
  • 30 recommended study hours - this is only a guide to the learning hours required as it depends on how quickly an individual can absorb the information. The learning is online so it can be spread out over multiple sessions.
  • Flexible payment options: course fees can be paid in full or spread over six monthly instalments.
  • Suitable for all ages.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Horse Owners.
  • Potential Horse owners.
  • Parents of ‘horse loving’ children.
  • Students thinking of beginning a career in horses.
  • Students who ride on a weekend and would like to know about the correct care of horses as well as riding.
  • Children who are being home educated.
  • Retired people who would enjoy studying and learning more about horses.

Amy Quarandon, successful student in both Part One & Part Two BHS Challenge Award Horse Knowledge courses!

“I have recently completed the BHS Challenge Award Part 1 & 2. As a complete beginner this course was pitched just right with clear resources and guidance on how to do your own research. Judging by the comments from others on the course this was also well pitched for those wanting a refresher. I loved the tutor guidance if needed, it was encouraging and nurturing, as well as being part of a community to gain different views. The fact you can do this at your own pace was very appealing to me as I have a busy life! I would highly recommend this course, and I will be coming back for other courses as my riding progresses. Thank you!”

Teresa Watts

"Thank you for my certificate. I have loved doing the 1st course and am looking forward to starting the 2nd. I used to work with horses when I was 18 and these are great now I am older and have been away from horse for quite a few years. I did a home study course through someone else but it was nowhere near as good as this one. I am looking forward to doing all your courses!"

Michelle Wrighting

"I have found the Horse Knowledge Challenge Award course very rewarding and as I’ve had a break from any kind of horse riding it was great to have a refresher and also I’m aiming to gain my qualifications so I can teach people to ride. I look forward to continuing studying with Equine Distance Learning"

Janet Cutts

Janet told us how much she enjoyed this course. At 73 years old Janet still enjoys riding her gorgeous cob Apollo. Janet told us that "he will be 13 this year and is quite a character having a reputation for being strong and fast. Fortunately I know where the brake pedal is!"

Course Curriculum

  Information and Welcome
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  Module One -Yard Safety
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  Module Two - Horse Behaviour & Safe Handling
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  Module Three - Horse Welfare
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  Module Four - Basic Feeding
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  Module Five - Stable Care
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  Module Six - Grooming
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  Module Seven - Identification
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  Completion and Certification
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You can choose to pay in full, or via six monthly instalments!

Course tutor: Sarah Tame

This course is written by Sarah Tame, BHSQ Level 4 Senior Coach, MSc Equine Science, NLP Master Practitioner has trained numerous students up to Pony Club A test and BHS Stage 4 level. Sarah has 8 years experience of lecturing at an Equine College where she has acquired valuable skills in writing courses, assessments and in helping students to achieve. Sarah founded Equine Distance Learning in 2010 and her City and Guilds Level 5 Certificate in Further Education also guarantees you will receive high quality teaching material.

Sarah has used her practical experience, her British Horse Society and academic education and research skills to deliver this course in a bitesize and easy to follow format

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now! As soon as you have enrolled you have access to the course and can start straight away. 

What happens after I have enrolled?

You will have immediate access to the course material and can begin to study the course straight away! You will also be sent a BHS Challenge Award workbook to work through.

How does studying via distance learning work?

Once you have enrolled on the course, you can begin steadily working through the modules completing the learning activities as you progress. You work at your own pace fitting in your studies around your personal commitments. You then send your completed workbook to your tutor for marking and feedback.

How is the course examined?

You will not take an exam for this course. You need to complete a BHS Challenge Award workbook as you progress through the course which will then be sent to us for marking.

What happens if I have any questions about the course?

When you enrol on the course we will allocate you a tutor - you can contact your tutor as little or as often as you need to. If you have any questions at any stage we will be here to support you and offer guidance.

Are there any other costs associated with the course?

There are no further costs associated with this course - everything you need to pass the course is included in the fee you pay when you enrol. The cost of this course also includes the BHS Challenge Award workbook that will be posted to you.

What will I receive on successful completion of the course?

You will receive a Certificate from the British Horse Society. You will also receive your marked workbook that you can keep and refer to for future reference.

Can international students study this course?

YES! All of our courses are designed to be studied anywhere in the world and we have many international students studying with us.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.