Proficiency Tests

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Riding and Horse Care: Grades 1 – 4

Why offer the RDA Proficiency tests in your RDA Group?

Carefully developed by RDA Coaching experts, the RDA Proficiency tests form a key part of the wider RDA Education Learning through Horses, Learning for Life’ programme, offering a valuable opportunity to recognise and reward achievement, at all levels of ability.

The RDA Proficiency test programme has been carefully designed to be as accessible as possible, encouraging participants on each step of the way. From Grades 1 to 4, the tests gradually increase in difficulty, providing an attainable challenge within the scope of the individuals’ capabilities and giving participants the opportunity to gain useful, practical knowledge, even at a basic level.

RDA Coaches are trained to a high professional standard, which is well-recognised in the equestrian world. All RDA disciplines offer a structured progression path, with attractive rewards available to mark success at each stage of achievement.

Offering RDA Proficiency tests in your RDA group can be a real motivator for all involved—not only for those working towards and actually taking the tests, but also for volunteers and staff taking part in the sessions. Setting goals with riders can form the basis for simple lesson plans, whether over a half term, a year or beyond, and can really help to engage and focus participants in their activities each week. Syllabus cards can also be taken home, or back to care or education centres, so that participants can share their knowledge and experiences with family, teachers, friends and carers (who can also help them to practice!)

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RIDING & HORSE CARE: GRADES 1 TO 4

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 2016, FOR RIDING AND HORSE CARE, GRADES 1- 4

All badges, certificates, guidance handbooks and syllabus cards are available FREE from RDA National Office. Please download the Group Order Form and return it to us, to let us know exactly what you need.

  • NEW Guidance Handbook: For groups, Coaches and Examiners
  • NEW syllabus cards: With a new additional, simplified syllabus for Horse Care, for those who may not yet be riding, or for those with more sensory needs.
  • NEW colourful certificates (please contact Marisa Bretherton-Mackay at RDA National Office for alternative formats, including Braille)
  • NEW attractive and tactile iron-on, colour coded patches, to be worn with pride!
  • Diamond-shaped metal pin badges: Colour-coded to the grades, as an alternative to the fabric patches
  • Downloadable Achievement sheets (optional): Designed to accompany the certificates, to remind candidates exactly what they’ve had to do to achieve their award, and to help when sharing and celebrating the achievement with others. These optional fact sheets can also be used as a helpful aid for retaining the information… and revising for the next grade!
Page Last Updated: September 14, 2017