Pony Stars Junior Challenge Awards – British Horse Society

Pony Stars Junior Challenge Awards

Thinking of the words we associate with 2020 and 2021, ‘challenge’ has got to be way up there on the list, right? While we’ve all become accustomed to using this word in relation to our struggles during the global pandemic, for our young and aspiring horse riders that’s all about to change. We’re very excited to introduce you to the brand new scheme from The British Horse Society, The Pony Stars Challenge Awards!

Adventures, fun and friendships – They all start with ponies!

Who is Pony Stars for?

Do you know someone under 12 that’s mad about horses? If your little one is pestering for a pony, start their journey the right way. Offering so much more than just riding lessons, this programme is designed to help children discover, explore and nurture their passion for all things equine, animal and countryside. Starting this Spring, this is the perfect way for them to develop their knowledge, skills and self-confidence, while building friendships that’ll last a lifetime!

What are the Junior Challenge Awards?

The Pony Stars Junior Challenge Awards are broken down into four levels. The four levels each consist of 6 themes:

  • Golden Groom
  • Pet Protector
  • Junior Jockey
  • Equine Explorer
  • Stable Star
  • Helping Hero
BHS Pony Stars Junior Challenge Awards

BHS Pony Stars Logo

Each of the themes contain topics. Combined, there’s over 100 to cover, so there’s no chance of them getting bored! They touch upon everything from riding and animal welfare to caring for wildlife and staying safe.

Getting Involved

The Pony Stars Challenge Awards are being set up by the British Horse Society and they’re due to be available very soon. Taking part will require attending a range of practical and theory sessions at an approved centre. To find your local participating riding schools, call ahead or take a look at the BHS website. Once enrolled, each child will receive their very own ‘My Challenge Book’ to log their activities and progress. As they work up through the levels, there will be lots of rewards and prizes to earn, including badges, stickers and even rosettes!

The Pony Stars Junior Challenge Awards Journey…

Shetland Striders

Every equestrian knows that Shetland ponies are bold, brave and courageous. They’re all too happy to give anything a go. The first stage of the Pony Stars Junior Challenge Awards is all about encouraging this can-do attitude. They’ll work on developing confidence, commitment and compassion for both living creatures and the environment.

BHS Shetland Striders 
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BHS Shetland Striders

Children's Riding Wear Shires Childs Tikaboo Hoodie

Shires Tikaboo Hoodie 

RRP £24.99 £22.50

  • Durable and hard wearing outer fabric.
  • Soft and cosy fleece lining.
  • Large hood.
  • Kangaroo front pocket.
  • Elasticated knit hem and cuffs.
Saxon Warm Up II Jodhpurs

Saxon Warm Up II Jodhpurs

RRP £15.99

  • Basic children’s jodhpurs.
  • Durable and stretchy cotton blend fabric.
  • Reinforced knee patches.
  • Hook bar and zip fastening.
  • Inside pocket.
Champion Junior X-Air Plus Skull

Champion X-Air Plus Skull

RRP £77.50

  • Lightweight ABS shell.
  • Polystyrene inner.
  • Comfortable foam lining.
  • Four point harness.
  • Ventilation system.
  • Safety Standards: VG01 01 2012, PAS 015:2012.
Moretta Alma Jodhpur Boots

Moretta Alma Jodhpur Boots

RRP £25.99 £22.99

  • Wipe clean synthetic leather outer.
  • Wicking liner.
  • Shock absorbing insoles.
  • Anti-fatigue steel shanks.
  • Rear pull tabs.
BHS Dartmoor Dazzlers
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BHS Dartmoor Dazzlers

Dartmoor Dazzlers

Dartmoor ponies are known for being kind, reliable and gentle. Not forgetting their cheeky and playful side! The second stage of The Pony Stars Challenge Awards is all about taking their new found confidence and using it to become inquisitive and adventurous! Promoting understanding, responsibility, kindness and respect.

WeatherBeeta Reflective Waterproof Jacket

WeatherBeeta Reflective Waterproof Jacket

RRP £54.99 £49.99

  • Lightweight and waterproof.
  • Polyester mesh inner lining.
  • Adjustable cuffs and hem.
  • Reflective tape design.
Equisafety LED Hat Band

Equisafety LED Hat Band

RRP £29.99

  • Fits all hat sizes.
  • LED flashing lights.
  • White front lights, red rear lights.
  • USB rechargeable.
HY5 Everyday Riding Gloves

HY5 Everyday Riding Gloves

RRP £8.25  £6.25

  • Durable and comfortable.
  • Grip enhancing.
  • Secure touch tape wrist closures.
Kids Roma Cylinder Grooming Kit 9 Piece Pink

Roma Grooming Kit

RRP £16.50 £14.99

  • Contains a body brush, dandy brush, sweat scraper, curry comb, hoof pick with brush, mane comb, mane and tail comb, rubber bands and a sponge.

Welshie Wizzers

Welsh ponies are spirited and tough. They have a challenging nature and are all for questioning ideas! By the third stage of The Junior Rider Challenge Awards, participants will be learning about the finer points of horse husbandry and care. They’re encouraged to develop and use their knowledge, beginning to act as leaders and role models. Dependable and active members of their community, they will get the chance to make a difference by voicing their opinions about the environmental issues that matter to them!

 BHS Welshie Wizzers Image Source:  Pony Stars | Junior Challenge Awards Coming Soon

BHS Welshie Wizzers

Aubrion Hyde Park Cross Country Shirt

Aubrion Hyde Park Cross Country Shirt

RRP £26.99 £24.50

  • Quick-drying, stretch-fabric.
  • Flatlock seams.
  • 1/4 zip neck.
  • Moisture wicking.
Brogini Modena Piccino Riding Boots

Brogini Modena Piccino Riding Boots

RRP  £57.50

  • Easy care synthetic leather.
  • Full length rear zip.
  • Elasticated panelling.
  • Durable rubber sole.
Aubrion Northwick Breeches

Aubrion Northwick Breeches

RRP £32.99 £29.99

  • Full silicone print seat.
  • Sleek dry cuffs.
  • Hip pockets.
  • Belt loops.
Karben Childs Body Protector Black

Karben Body Protector

RRP £89.99

  • Lightweight, breathable and flexible.
  • Adjustable fit and zip front.
  • Approved to BS EN 13158:2009 and BETA (2009) Level 3 Purple Label.
 BHS Connemara Champs Image Source:  Pony Stars | Junior Challenge Awards Coming Soon

BHS Connemara Champs

Connemara Champs

Known for their versatility, Connemara ponies are trust worthy and capable of succeeding when faced with almost anything! By the fourth and final stage of The Junior Rider Challenge Awards participants should be able to work independently. They will be fully fledged equestrians, taking an active role in everything from daily horse care and yard management to tack fit and competition preparation. Admired by all, they’re the role models of the programme!

AriatTeam Softshell

Ariat Team Softshell

RRP  £75.00

  • Softshell outer.
  • High neck collar.
  • Wind and water resistant.
  • Microfleece lining.
  • Zip pockets.
Aubrion Putney Denim Breeches

Aubrion Putney Denim Breeches

RRP £45.99 £41.50

  • Mid rise fit.
  • Belt loops and classic jean pocket styling.
  • Stretchy ankle cuffs.
  • Silicone printed knees for grip.
Charles Owen Junior Pro II Plus Skull Hat

Charles Owen Pro II Plus Skull Hat

RRP £145.00

  • Front and rear ventilation.
  • GRpx technology harness.
  • Washable headband.
  • Triple standard: STM F1163-15, PAS015:2011,VG1 01-040 2014-12.
  • Free hat silk.
Ariat Bromont Tall H2O Riding Boots

Ariat Bromont Tall H2O Riding Boots

RRP £180.00

  • Full grain leather outer panels.
  • Suede inner calf.
  • Waterproof outer and membrane.
  • Wicking liner.
  • 4LR footbed.
  • Duratread™ outsole.
  • Wiggle Room insole for growing space.

We hope you’ve found this blog helpful! Planning on enrolling Yourself or someone else into the scheme? Let us know how it goes! Simply use the #NaylorsSnapAndShare on social. You can shop all of the products featured in this blog at Naylors.com or visit one of our stores in RochdaleCannock or Nantwich.

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