The British Horse Society (BHS) has teamed up with Clearstone Rollright School of Transport to offer 150 women in the horse industry the opportunity of obtaining a HGV driving licence at a third of the normal price.

The offer is aimed at women, aged 21 or older, who live in the East Midlands, West Midlands, London or the Home Counties. The usual price of studying and taking the HGV test is £1,200, but under the offer candidates pay just £400.

Applicants must have held a driving licence for a minimum of three years, have a provisional ‘C’ licence (for which a medical certificate is required), and have passed their theory test before starting to drive, the cost of which is included in the price.

BHS safety senior executive Sheila Hardy said: “This is an excellent opportunity for women working on yards who would love to be able to drive horseboxes, but do not have the correct licence, nor the money to obtain one.”

Commitment by candidates is required by August 2007 and the course must be undertaken by March 2008. Spaces are strictly limited and only the first 150 applicants will be accepted.

For more information, contact Di Parkinson of the BHS on (tel: 01926 707782) or d.parkinson.org.uk