Age & Riding Experience
The minimum age for the DofE Gold Award Horseback Expedition is 16 years and the maximum age is 24 years.
To participate, you will need to be a competent horse rider who can walk, trot and canter, be experienced at hacking out in open countryside and riding on public roads. You should be fit and capable of riding for up to six hours each day. Prior to the course, each participant will be required to complete a Participant Riding Questionnaire.
You will need to provide your own riding hat (approved to current standards), riding boots, gloves and appropriate waterproof clothing. A hi-vis jacket or waistcoat can be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. Saddle bags and map holders are provided by Bigland.
Horse back expeditions require horses that have been specifically trained and prepared for the challenge of riding in open, remote countryside. Bigland Hall Equine group will provide your horses for the training and practice and qualifying expedition. These top quality horses have many years of experience taking part multi-day riding expeditions and are proven in some of the most remote and exposed terrain England. The horses are forward thinking, sure footed and offer a fantastic ride. Bigland Hall Equine Group will provide all tack and specific expedition kit for the horses. Throughout the expedition, the support vehicle and Sam Sykes™ staff will be following the route by road transporting feed and supplies required each night for the horses.