Monday, 3 August 2015

Stunt Register - Riding and Driving

The next group of qualifications comprises of three possible choices.

The first Horses, the second Cars and the third Motorcycles.

Stunt Register Horse Riding Qualification

The examiner shall be a qualified BHS examiner approved by British Actors’ Equity. The examiner may not examine any candidate that he/she has trained for the Test. British Actors’ Equity will approve the examiner and venue for the Test. The candidate must pay the Test fee to Equity prior to the Test, no later than the deadline date specified in the letter of confirmation. The fee will be set to cover the examiner’s fees and expenses, use of the riding centre facilities and horses, administration costs, fee/expenses for the Horsemaster present and training for new Horsemasters and examiners. 
The cost of the test will be around £300 and there has to be a minimum of 3 participants otherwise the test cannot take place.

Candidates cancelling will not get a refund unless unable to attend due to illness/injury. In this instance they must provide a valid medical certificate within two weeks of notification. They will then be reimbursed three quarters of the fee. The other quarter is administration costs. If no medical or hospital certificate is received then the entire fee will be forfeit. 
1. The candidate will be required to tack up a horse efficiently with an understanding of the safety and comfort of the tack for horse and rider. Bits may include snaffles and pelhams where a curb chain is included. The candidate will be required to lead a horse in hand with consideration for the safety of self, horse and other people and horses in the vicinity.
2. The candidate will be required to mount and dismount with agility and sensitivity for the horse and show his/her ability to ride two horses in walk, trot (rising and sitting) and canter – including correct canter leads and changing the canter lead. Transitions from pace to pace including walk to canter and canter to walk should be shown. Circles of varying sizes should be shown in the three paces of a suitable size for the horse being ridden to be executed with balance and rhythm. Accuracy of transitions at set marks should be shown. A few steps of rein-back will be required. The candidate may be requested to ride in pairs, threes or four abreast.
3. The candidate will be required to jump a short course of fences not exceeding 0.76m (2’6”).
4. The candidate will be required to vault on and ride bareback in all three paces and over fences   not exceeding 0.76m (2’6”).
5. The candidate will be required to ride in all three paces holding lance or sword and shield showing good overall control of the horse. The candidate may be required to wear a jousting helmet during this part of the Test. Riding as a ‘team’ abreast and pulling up at set marks may be required. 
Where a candidate is below the required standard, the examiner may stop the candidate at any time in the interest of safety of the horses and rider. Completing the Test does not necessarily indicate a pass has been achieved. 
To pass, a candidate must show a correct basic position with balance which is independent of the reins. His/her aids must be correct in order that the horse and rider show harmony in the work. 
Once a year, two BHS examiners will attend a Test in order to ensure consistency of examination and marking. 
The sections of the Test must all be passed on the same day. 
An Equity Horsemaster and helpers from the test center will be present to facilitate the running of the Test and command the "Stunt” part (5. above). The Horsemaster will be present throughout the “Stunt” section of the Test and for most of the riding skills sections. The Horsemaster and helpers will not ‘advise’ candidates. The Horsemaster must not be the applicant’s normal coach. Other than the above, spectators are not permitted. 
A candidate may not take the Test at a venue/centre where they have worked, ridden or trained in the last year. 
In making an application for the Test, a candidate is accepting that the decision of the BHS examiner is final. 
A candidate failing the Test on three occasions may not re-take the Test for at least one year from the date of the last Test. 
Riders must provide suitable riding attire for the test with particular attention to hats and footwear. No jewellery should be worn. Whips may be carried but spurs will not be allowed.
Hats must be to a current approved standard. Footwear must have a definite heel and a smooth sole – preferably jodhpur boots or long riding boots. Motor cycle boots or heavy boots are not suitable as they are too bulky to be safe in normal stirrup irons. 
(1) The BHS examiner only will give the result of the Test. (2) The names of successful candidates will be displayed as soon as possible following the Test(3) A short written report will be sent by the BHS examiner to all candidates outlining strengths and weaknesses. 

Complaints: A Moderator from the list of BHS examiners will be appointed in the case of candidate complaint. A £100 deposit must be lodged by the complainant with a written report of the reasons of the complaint. The deposit will be returned in the case of the complaint being upheld by the Moderator. 

(A complaint should not be on a ‘fail’ but on maladministration of the Test)


Proof of successful competition experience and provision of the relevant competition licenses from the Royal Automobile Club.


Proof of successful competition experience and provision of the relevant competition licenses from the Auto Cycle Union.

1 comment:

  1. I used to ride a horse at the seaside , as a child: along the sand,led on a rein!!! Good luck Anthony! xxx