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CAUTION: The Pony Club Recommend that young riders who have passed the Road Rider Test should be encouraged to take the BHS Road Safety Test before riding on the road unaccompanied and even then only when the person responsible for their safety is entirely satisfied that, in their opinion, it is safe for the young person(s) to do so.
Minimum Age: 12
A Certificate and a Badge can be awarded to succesful candidates
The aim of the Road Rider Test is to promote safety on the road by recognizing riders who can show that they ride with courtesy and responsibility, are aware of and obey the law, the Highway Code and The Pony Club Road Rider book and British Horse Society Riding and Road Craft Manual.
To be taken at C+ to B Test Level. Members should attain this level before going on to take their ‘B’ Test. Those wishing to take their British Horse Society Stages will need to achieve the British Horse Society’s Riding and Road Safety Test. For details of the BHS test contact the BHS Safety Office.
Details of the training, running, organisation and administration of The Pony Club Road Rider Test can be found on the Pony Club website: http://www.pcuk.org
Riders must be over 12 years old and should have been well prepared by working up the three Pony Club Road Rider test levels:
The Test is of the rider’s road craft and riding ability and not of the horse or pony.
NB. There is no such thing as a bomb proof horse or pony.
Test candidates are required to take the test in three parts consecutively.
Members should have achieved the previous level and be able to demonstrate understanding of the following sections:
Designed to test the rider’s knowledge of the Highway Code and of the generally accepted rules of riding on the highway as set out in the current edition of Junior Road Rider. Ten questions may be given orally or in the form of a test paper and should invite factual answers, not opinions. Recommended sample questions are given on the website. Candidates should achieve 8 out of 10 to pass this section.
This inspection is entirely a safety measure carried out to make sure that the horse’s tack and rider’s clothing are in a safe and satisfactory condition for riding. It is not a ‘show’ inspection. Hats must be to the current BSI Standard(s) and properly secured.
Members should be able to demonstrate:
Designed to test in safe but simulated road conditions, a rider’s precautions against and reactions to a series of noises and sights which could be reasonably met with locally on the roads and which might make a horse shy.
Road junctions must be included so that candidates may demonstrate their road craft and ability to use arm signals. Hazards must be placed far enough apart to allow candidates to show TROT between each or any of them. Trot must be shown by candidates at this stage of the test.
To be ridden as a complete route:
To be successful the candidate must pass in all three parts of the test. A candidate who fails in either part one or part two may not take part three. The test is of the rider not of the horse. To be successful the candidate must satisfy the examiners in all three parts of the test consecutively. Eight out of ten theory questions must be correctly answered. A Test Marking Sheet can be found on the website together with Notes for Examiners.
Any manoeuvre which is judged as dangerous to other road users could result in failure.
Certificates and Badges are available from The Pony Club for successful Candidates.
For notes for examiners, marking sheets and details of the Road Rider Achievement badge and Mini Achievement Badge, please see the Coaching Resources page.
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