June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From your trainer:
Wildwoods Riding Centre
Surrey KT20 5BH
Tel: 01737 812146
THE EXAM FORMAT HAS CHANGED. WE ARE TRYING TO GET A DATE DFOR THIS YEAR & WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.
This sheet is intended to give you an insight into the BHS Ride Safe Exam that will take place at Wildwoods Riding Centre next year. To take the exam you must attend all training sessions, if you are unable to attend one of the arranged sessions then please let us now, it may be possible to arrange an extra session which will incur an extra cost but we need to know well in advance. The cost of the training is £250 with a non-refundable deposit of £100 when you book, payable directly to “Wildwoods”. This cost includes horse hire for the day of the exam.
The exam has three parts:
- The theory
- The simulated route
- The road route
- Monday 6.00 – 8pm
The first training session will consist of 2 videos which provide introduction to the course, a talk on the structure of the exam where you can ask questions or bring up any points you need clarifying and a hat fitting check. We will then walk both the simulated and real road routes on foot to familiarise you with them. Riding clothes not required, but please make sure you bring your riding hat with you.
- Tuesday 6.00 – 8pm
- Wednesday 6.00 – 8pm
- Thursday 6.00 – 8pm
The last three sessions you will practice both ridden routes, the simulated for the first half of the
training session and the road route for the second half.
Your hat must be PAS 015 1998 0r 2011 with a BSI kitemark, VG1 with the BSI Kitemark ASTM 1163 2004a with a SEI mark, SNELL E2001 with the official snell label and number or. It
is very important that you bring your hat to the first session so that it can be checked to make sure that it fits properly, if you are purchasing a new hat it is also very important that it is one of standards above, if you do not have a new standard then it will be possible to hire one from the yard for the exam.
There are two books that all candidates must have:
The Highway Code and the British Horse Society Riding and Road Craft / Riding and Road Safety Manual (12 th edition, published by the BHS). The first is available from any decent bookshop, the latter from your local horse shops or the BHS.
These books provide essential information for the exam. You need to know all the rules, Road signs and junction markings in the Highway Code with the exception of motorway signs.
You do not need to know the carriage driving or side saddle section of the BHS manual. In the back of the BHS manual are sample questions any of which you may be asked in the theory.
If you have a previous edition of the manual it is advisable to get the latest one, there are a few different questions and hat standards have changed.
On the day
The exam should be treated as a formal occasion and if you have one you should wear a hacking/ show jacket but a tidy jumper/ sweatshirt with shirt and tie are acceptable. Cream/ light jodhpurs
are ideal with long boots if you have them but short boots and tidy chaps are allowed. However, bear in mind that you will have to dismount and remount from a mounting block in the exam and if
your boots are very stiff this can prove difficult. Whatever boots you wear, it is extremely important that the sole is in one piece, i.e. that it has not been repaired with a patch as this can become detached or catch the stirrup causing potential accidents. Fluorescent leg bands for the horses are provided by the centre. You must wear white/light gloves. Dark colours are not acceptable, as the examiners cannot see your signals clearly. Gloves are a requirement so if you do not have any please let me know.
You must achieve at least 80% in the theory exam, which will be marked before you are allowed to proceed. The paper contains ten questions. All the questions that you will be asked can be
found in the back of the manual or on the new syllabus. If you do not achieve 80% you will not be allowed to proceed to the ridden section.
If you pass the theory, and before you mount, your hat and boots will be checked, as will the Horse’s tack.
The first ridden assessment, the simulated road route, is set in one of the fields. If you fail this part of the exam you will not be allowed to continue to the road route.
The second ridden assessment takes place on the road.
The ridden routes are those that we will have practised in the training and so you will be familiar with them and well acquainted with all the manoeuvres required. The exam will last approx. 4 hours but please allow extra time and make arrangements for collecting children etc. as delays sometimes occur
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL CANDIDATES
WE DO NOT ENTER YOU FOR THE EXAMINATION. THIS MUST BE DONE BY YOU!
PLEASE BE AWARE EXAMS CLOSE TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EXAM DATE. ENTRY WILL
CLOSE AT 5PM ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THIS 14-DAY PERIOD BEGINS, I.E. IF THE EXAM YOU
WOULD LIKE TO BOOK FOR IS ON THE 20TH OF ANY GIVEN MONTH, YOU MUST BE BOOKED
ON BY 5PM ON THE 5TH.
IF YOUR EXAM IS ON A SATURDAY, SUNDAY OR MONDAY, ENTRY WILL CLOSE AT 3PM ON
THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE 14-DAY PERIOD BEGINS.
Alternatively, you can enter by phone; you need to contact the British Horse Society directly.
Fees as of 2016 :- £52-00 (send with your booking form to the BHS office)
BHS members Riding Club members and 16’s and under,
Please check with the BHS for current fees. Application form can be downloaded @ www.bhs.org.uk
All queries on the above please contact the Safety Office on 08701 201921.