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Horse Transport Qualifications

We offer assessment of the 1st4sport Level 3 Awards in the Principles of Transporting Horses on Short Journeys and Long Journeys.

EEC animal welfare legislation requires anybody who transports horses in connection with an economic activity (for business purposes) on journeys to hold a Certificate of Competence. For journeys of less than 8 hours we offer the Level 3 Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses by Road on Short Journeys.  For journeys of more than 8 hours  we offer the Level 3 Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses on Long Journeys.

Level 3 Award in the principles of transporting horses by road on short journeys

This covers journeys of over 65km, but not exceeding eight hours including time at the event (competition/ racecourse). Any passenger who has a responsibility for the horse(s)' welfare during transport or at the event, must also hold a Certificate of Competence (Attendant).

To achieve this Award you will be expected to:

  • know the legal requirements for horse welfare during transportation
  • understand horse stress and how to deal with it
  • know how to effectively plan and transport horses
  • understand safe, efficient and effective loading, operation and control.

You may take the short journey exam either at our offices in Marlborough or at a venue agreed by Haddon Training, see our Transport Information and Charges leaflet. 

Click HERE to view the 1st4sport syllabus for the Short Journey test. 

Level 3 Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses by Road on Long Journeys (Attendant or attendant/driver option)

This covers short and long journeys, exceeding eight hours.

For the Attendant option the Candidates must show an understanding of:
1. The legislation and procedures of transporting horses
2. The well-being of the horse during transport and the planning and preparation for transporting a horse
3. The Candidate must also demonstrate practical skills in loading and unloading horses
4. Caring for the horse during transportation
5. Maintain equine transport in a hygienic condition


For the Attendant/Driver option the Candidates must show an understanding of:
1. The legislation and procedures of transporting horses
2. The well-being of the horse during transport and the planning and preparation for transporting a horse
3. The Candidate must also demonstrate practical skills in loading and unloading horses
4. Caring for the horse during transportation
5. Transport horses safely on the highway
6. Maintain equine transport in a hygienic condition

These tests are conducted at the candidate’s location or at a chosen location for a group. 

Venue requirements:

  • Suitable quiet horse (or horses) if multiple candidates
  • Travelling equipment
  • Appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment ) for the handler
  • Suitable transport that meets all legal requirements to demonstrate driving on the road
  • Suitable warm, dry and quiet room in which to sit the test with sufficient space if more than one candidate. 

Download the 1st4sport syllabus for the Attendant option.

Download the 1st4sport syllabus for the Attendant/Driver option. 

See our Transport Information and Charges leaflet. 

Who is affected by the legislation?

  • Sport Horses (eventing, show jumping, dressage, showing etc)
  • Racing (licensed trainers, point-to-point trainers, pre-training/rehabilitation etc)
  • Breeding (studs)
  • Horse Transport (incl. foreign businesses operating in the UK) and anybody involved in economic activity, including riding schools

Are there any exemptions?

There are no 'grandfather rights', but DEFRA's 'Single-Animal Exemption'  allow certain journeys to be exempt from the legislation, as long as an animal being transported is a single animal accompanied by either its owner or another responsible person. This 1:1 ratio can apply for up to FOUR horses being accompanied by FOUR responsible persons.

Where can I find further information on the legislation?

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order qualifications do not meet the legislative requirement for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). The CPC also a requirement under European legislation if you drive LGVs, which can include horseboxes.

How to Book a Test

We  offer assessments for both qualifications to individuals and small groups at their own yards, the Short Journey test may be taken at Haddon Training's office in Marlborough. Costs will vary according to group size and location.  Group discounts may apply.

To apply, candidates need to do the following:

Step 1- complete the booking form

Step 2- complete the registration form

Step 3- Email the forms to enquiries@haddontraining.co.uk or post hard copies to:

Transport Test Coordinator
Haddon Training Ltd 
3 Pelhams Court 
London Rd
Marlborough
Wiltshire 
SN8 2AG

Step 4- Make payment and then you will receive a training manual in the post. 

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