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Nominations are now open for the prestigious A Test

Nominations are now open for the A Test; the highest Test within The Pony Club structure, which is recognised worldwide and highly sought after.

The A Test helps open many doors for progression in an equestrian career, and several international riders are Test holders, including Nick Gauntlett, Francis Whittington, Ben Way and Sarah Parkes.

During the Test, candidates have to ride a number of unknown horses on the flat, over show jumps and cross-country fences. Alongside this, they must demonstrate a practical knowledge of lungeing to improve a horse’s way of going and have working knowledge of the training of young horses. 


- Candidates must be at least 18 years old

- Candidates must hold the AH Test, or have BHS Stage 5 Care & Management, Lunge and Ride Awards

Branch DCs and Centre Proprietors with suitable candidates can download the nomination form HERE and submit it at least three weeks prior to the test date.  It is no longer necessary for all officials to sign the nomination form; an email to from the Area Rep or Centre Co-ordinator confirming the support for the nomination, and that the candidate is up to the required standard, will suffice.

Prior to taking the A Test, Members can choose to attend a Training Day. Dates and venues can be found HERE Training Days are based on the format of the A Test, so horses are provided by the training venue. The cost of each Training Day is £130, and candidates can attend as many as they wish.

To find out more about the A Test, including dates, the syllabus, format and a suggested training programme, please click HERE

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