The British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) has set up a new set of progressive standards to help riders at all levels to progress their expertise in the sport.

They are designed as a focus for training, and whether a rider is just getting started or has years of experience in the ring, the scheme is designed to support development and give recognition for their efforts, as they develop specific skills.

The performance awards are as follows:

One Star: An introductory level for those new to the sport who have not had much formal training for show jumping

Two Star: Two star level is for riders with some experience of show jumping who have established the basics and are ready to refine these and progress their skills

Three Star: For riders who have been competing on horses for some time and have a knowledge and ability to work their horse soundly on the flat and over fences, and can do this correctly and consistently.

Four Star: For riders who are experienced and have a good understanding of the relationship between training and horse management and the demands of modern show jumping competition.

Five Star: Aimed at riders with a depth of experience both in competition and working their horses in preparation for competition. Riders will be committed to enhance their level of training and achieve their seasonal goals.

Riders will enter at the level most appropriate to their ability. Each level requires them to set out personal goals, achieve ridden skills and answer a series of written questions on knowledge of horse care, rules and equitation. All riders will keep a log book to record their progress; these are available from the BSJA website free of charge.

To achieve the relevant star awards riders need to have all the criteria signed off as a pass by a BSJA accredited coach who has seen them demonstrate their level of ability.

For further information, or to sign up for the scheme, contact training@bsja.co.uk or telephone 02476 698806.