Achievement Badges / Equine Achievement Badges

NEW! Achievement badges at higher levels (C+ and above) are now heptagon shaped, to help distinguish them from the circular badges aimed at slightly lower levels.

The full range of equine achievement badges can be seen below.

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Access to Endurance

Access to Endurance Badge

Access to Endurance

Awarded to Members who have attained the following badges: Fitness, Map Reading, First Aid (Equine), First Aid (Human), Road Rider, Care of the Foot, Countryside Access, and have completed a total of 50 km of Endurance Rides.

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Bandaging & Rugs

Bandaging & Rugs Badge

Bandaging & Rugs

To be able to put on stable bandages, a tail bandage, a rug and roller and a New Zealand rug.

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Beach Riding - NEW!

Beach Riding Badge

Beach Riding - NEW!

Be able to help plan for an outing to the beach and choose a beach safe for group riding.

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Blue Cross Equine Welfare

Blue Cross Equine Welfare Badge

Blue Cross Equine Welfare

Awarded to Members who have attained 10 welfare-related badges: Bandaging & Rugs, Care of the Horse’s Foot, Feeding, First Aid (Equine), Handling & Grooming, Lorinery, Mucking Out, Perfect Paddock, Saddlery and Shoeing.

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Building Show Jumps

Building Show Jumps Badge

Building Show Jumps

To be able to recognise various types of show jumps.
To be able to build various types of show jumps safely.
To have an understanding of how to build a simple show jumping course and understand the different lines.

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Care of The Horses Foot

Care of The Horses Foot Badge

Care of The Horses Foot

To know something of the structure of the horses foot, the need for daily care and some knowledge of the trimming and shoeing process.

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Carriage Driving

Carriage Driving Badge

Carriage Driving

To harness up a pony in single breastcollar harness (with assistance)
To fit the harnessed pony into a two wheel vehicle (with assistance)
Be able to drive off at the walk and halt (with assistance)
Un-harness after.

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Countryside Access

Countryside Access Badge

Countryside Access

To understand simple countryside access law in your country and be able ride confidently and competently in the countryside.

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Dressage Arenas

Dressage Arenas Badge

Dressage Arenas

To be able to place the letters in, and know the dimensions, of both a long and short arena.

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Equine Behaviour

Equine Behaviour Badge

Equine Behaviour

To be able to deal with ponies in and around the stable according to their behaviour and understand how and why they behave as they do under certain circumstances.

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Equipment Safety

Equipment Safety Badge

Equipment Safety

Created in conjunction with BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association).  To know what to look for in a correctly fitting Riding Hat & Body Protector and understand the importance of correctly adjusting the jaw and back straps on hats.  To know when to replace and how to care for safety equipment. To be able to carry out safety checks on tack.

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Feeding

Feeding Badge

Feeding

To know the basic rules of feeding and to be able to recognise different feedstuffs.

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Field Safety - NEW!

Field Safety Badge

Field Safety - NEW!

To build knowledge of the appropriate behaviour and methods when handling ponies at grass to ensure safety and welfare of both ponies and other people.

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First Aid (Equine)

First Aid (Equine) Badge

First Aid (Equine)

To know how to treat minor wounds and illness. To be able to recognise signs of good/ill health and know about the necessary protection against Tetanus, Flu and Worms.

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Fitness

Fitness Badge

Fitness

To understand why a pony shouldn’t be too fat/thin. To understand the work/feeding required to keep your pony in good condition and fit for the job he is about to do.

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Handling & Grooming

Handling & Grooming Badge

Handling & Grooming

To be able to run up a pony in hand and to tie it up safely. To be able to identify and use all grooming utensils correctly.

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Loading

Loading Badge

Loading

To be able to load/unload a pony, with assistance, safely into/out of a trailer or horsebox.

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Lorinery

Lorinery Badge

Lorinery

Aimed at a higher level candidate, this badge looks at all aspects of Lorinery from pre-bitting considerations to bit manufacture.

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Lungeing Equipment - NEW!

Lungeing Equipment Badge

Lungeing Equipment - NEW!

To be able to fit tack and equipment for lungeing correctly and be able to handle lungeing equipment safely and effectively.

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Mucking Out

Mucking Out Badge

Mucking Out

To be able to name and use stable tools to muck out and to talk about different types of bedding.

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Native Breeds

Native Breeds Badge

Native Breeds

To be able to identify British breeds of horses and ponies, where they originate and their physical characteristics.

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Perfect Paddock

Perfect Paddock Badge

Perfect Paddock

To know what your pony needs from his paddock, from topics such grass type, fencing and poisonous plants.

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Plaiting

Plaiting Badge

Plaiting

To know the principles of plaiting a mane and tail, know occasions when the horse/pony should be plaited and recognise a well plaited mane and tail.

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Points of the Horse

Points of the Horse Badge

Points of the Horse

To know the points of the horse, colours and markings.

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RDA Volunteering

RDA Volunteering Badge

RDA Volunteering

For Members aged 12 years and over. To have a basic understanding of the work of the Riding for the Disabled Association and volunteer on four occasions at a local RDA Group.

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Rider Nutrition

Rider Nutrition Badge

Rider Nutrition

To understand the importance of eating a balanced diet in order to be able to maintain health & fitness leading towards more effective riding.
To be aware of what foods contribute to providing riders with a healthy balanced diet.

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Riding on the Lunge

Riding on the Lunge Badge

Riding on the Lunge

Members must show the ability to sit straight and in balance while on the lunge in walk and trot, with and without reins and stirrups. They should be able to show some simple suppling exercises on the move and rising trot without stirrups.

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Road Rider

Road Rider Badge

Road Rider

To be able to apply the ‘Green Cross Code’ and Highway Code as a road user. For more information and assessors’ notes, go to the Coaching Resources page.

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Saddlery

Saddlery Badge

Saddlery

To be able to name the parts of, and put on a saddle and a snaffle bridle, know about the care and cleaning of same. Be able to identify common bits, i.e. Eggbut/Loose-ring Snaffle, Pelham etc

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Security Awareness

Security Awareness Badge

Security Awareness

To be aware of the security issues related to keeping horses and relevant crime prevention methods.

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Security Awareness Diagram

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Sequence of Footfalls - NEW!

Sequence of Footfalls Badge

Sequence of Footfalls - NEW!

To understand and show knowledge of the sequence of footfalls in all paces.

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Shoeing

Shoeing Badge

Shoeing

To know the indications that a pony needs the farrier, what to look for in a newly shod foot, and to know the blacksmith’s tools.

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Tack Cleaning

Tack Cleaning Badge

Tack Cleaning

To know the equipment needed, the importance of a clean bit and be able to undertake a daily and weekly clean.

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Turnout of Pony & Rider

Turnout of Pony  & Rider Badge

Turnout of Pony & Rider

To be able to turnout rider and pony to The Pony Club standard.  To understand why it is necessary to be clean and tidy.

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Understanding Training - NEW!

Understanding Training Badge

Understanding Training - NEW!

To understand the importance of the way of going in horses and ponies, how to recognise the correct way of going and to understand the application of the Scale of Training.

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Worm Control

Worm Control Badge

Worm Control

To understand the main worms affecting horses, how we aim to manage worm burdens in horses and ponies and the most effective and sustainable ways of achieving this.

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Yard Safety - NEW!

Yard Safety Badge

Yard Safety - NEW!

To build knowledge of the appropriate behaviour & awareness required when on a yard with a number of ponies to ensure safety and welfare of both ponies and other people. This is an ideal pre-camp badge. 

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