"The aim of the Riding and Road Safety 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 or British Horse Society Riding and Road Safety Manual."
for the formal requirements
of this test as given on the UK Pony Club website.
Realistically you need to be at least 12 years old to take this test, which is made up of three
Theory: You have to have a good knowledge of the Highway Code, recognise road signs and
markings. You must also demonstrate that you have a firm grasp of the safety issues involved
with riding a horse on the public road. This is tested formally by a written paper, and you will
not be able to proceed to the practical phases unless you score a good mark.
Practical #1 (in a field). Tack inspection. Then negotiating a simulated road course in a field
to a standard that convinces the examiner that you are safe to proceed to the second practical
phase on the real road. This means demonstrating some of the techniques such as mounted on the
"wrong" side, junctions, negotiating parked cars, that you will need to have mastered; and also
coping with simulated hazards such as road works. Fail this and you cannot proceed to the second
Practical #2 (on the road). You will have to demonstrate that you can ride correctly on the
These tests are taken exceedingly seriously, and examined to a high standard: generally a pass requires
a score of 80% or better in all three phases.
There is no way you will pass this test unless you have attended the formal training sessions. Contact
DC for full details.