Challenge Awards Resources

If you are an Accredited Professional Coach or working within a BHS Approved Centre you can purchase your Pony Stars, Horse Explorers and Challenge Awards resource packs here.

We are excited to share with you our Recreational Pathway and the products you can share with your clients. No matter the age, ability or experience we have a product that will suit any client who wants to develop their confidence, skills and knowledge with the support of their coach. The products have guided age ranges, but this is just a guide. We encourage you to select the right product for your client, regardless of their age:

Pony Stars: for the under 12s

Horse Explorer: 12-18 years old

Challenge Awards over 18s

Pony Stars

Pony Stars is our Junior Challenge Awards helping junior riders to develop and nurture their love for ponies and the outdoors. With over 100 topics for children to explore, Pony Stars will ignite a passion for ponies, build knowledge and cement friendships that will last a lifetime.

As part of the programme, each child will receive their very own My Challenge Book to log their achievements. As they progress through the various challenges there will be stickers, badges and rosettes up for grabs too to keep them engaged and motivated.

Horse Explorers and Challenge Awards

The same core awards feature in Horse Explorers and Challenge Awards with similar content but a different design; allowing you flexibility with the product you feel suits your rider. There are ‘starter awards’ that are only included as part of the Challenge Awards.

Both Horse Explorers and Challenge Awards will help your clients look for a strong bond with a healthy, happy horse. You can coach your riders how to care for horses, develop hands-on, practical skills and get stuck in with the day-to-day tasks.

It doesn’t matter what previous experience your participants have with horses. All they need is enthusiasm and a love for horses! They do not even need to own their own horse.

Our Recreational Pathway products can only be delivered by Accredited Professional Coaches or within a BHS Approved Riding School. Your order will be checked before posting so please have your APC or Approved Centre number to hand (this is required at the checkout).

We encourage all Centres and APCs to attend a Challenge Awards or Pony Stars information session to find out more about the products and how to use the packs for the best experience for your recreational riders. Please contact education@bhs.org.uk.