Riding and Road Safety Test

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Riding and Road Safety Test

A big congratulations to our candidates who took part in there riding and road safety  exam yesterday .WE achieved  100% PASS RATE  

A big thank you to the BHS riding and road safety examiners, to our very own riding and road safety trainer Janet and the team of staff that made the day flow so well.

Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and is supported by the Department for Transport. It is probably the only test that any rider will undertake that has the potential to save not only their own life but that of their horse and other road users as well.

It is not essential to own a horse in order to take the test, as many riding schools and centres organise them for their pupils. Similarly, you do not have to attend a centre in order to take the training and the test. Although the published dates refer mainly to tests being held at centres, if a group of ten or more people can get together, many trainers and assessors are happy, subject to a satisfactory BHS Riding and Road Safety risk assessment being carried out, to come to them.

Candidates do not have to be BHS members.

Candidates applying to take the test in the Republic of Ireland must book a place with the BHS at least 28 days in advance of the test date.

There are three parts to the test:

The Theory Test

This is usually a written test with questions covering the Highway Code, the Riding and Roadcraft Manual, and the rules of riding on the roads.

The Simulated Road Route

This part takes place in off road conditions. It is designed to test the rider’s ability to ride appropriately on the road. This includes observations, signalling, manoeuvring and negotiating a series of hazards that they may encounter on the roads.

The Road Route

Once the candidate has demonstrated an understanding of road safety in the first two sections they can attempt a set route on the roads to demonstrate their competence in dealing with vehicles and other hazards.

Further reading

For more details on the test and scoring you can download the syllabus on the right. We also recommend that all candidates read:

  • The Highway Code
  • The British Horse Society Riding and Roadcraft Manual, both available from our bookshop (opens in new window).


If you would like dedicated training in Riding and Road Safety, our trainers can provide this. We recommend that candidates have at least eight hours of training before taking the test.


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On June 18, 2015

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