Test educating riders

The Riding and Road Safety test is organised by the British Horse Society and taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year.

It 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 not essential to own a horse in order to take the test as many riding schools and centres organise them for their pupils.

In order to promote better riding and road safety awareness in the area, Sue Whicker, the county representative for safety in Northumberland, is offering free taster courses for livery yards and riding schools.

The sessions last for two hours and are both theoretical and practical.

You do not need to own a horse to participate.

The courses will outline the requirements for the Riding and Road Safety test, as well as give the participants practical knowledge that they can continue to use day to day when riding on the roads.

Anyone interested should call Ms Whicker on 01665 570470 to arrange a session.

Everyone who takes part will receive a complimentary hi-viz vest, as well as safety literature to take away.

The British Horse Society (BHS) represents the interests of the 3.5 million people in the UK who ride or who drive horse-drawn vehicles.

More than 4,000 horse riders and carriage drivers were admitted to hospital between April 2011 and March 2012 for injury in a transport accident.